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Searches for the Significant:: Robert Zemecki's Cast Away asa Late Twentieth Century Response to Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages. University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5076-0468
2005 (English)In: Journal of Religion and Film, ISSN 1092-1311, Vol. 9, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe has over the centuries become one of the most mythologized characters of Western literature. In the most recent adaptation of this novel, the film Cast Away (directed by Robert Zemeckis), Defoe's treatment of Crusoe's spiritual awakening has been highlighted. Postmodern man, as represented by efficiency expert Chuck Noland, is faced with a search for Meaning similar to that which  Defoe's "economic man" embarks upon when isolated from humanity 300 years earlier. This essay examines the way Cast Away deals with the ever present paradox of faith in a Divine Plan and belief in individualism and the free will.

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Omaha: University of Nebraska Press , 2005. Vol. 9, no 1
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Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, Robert Zemecki, "Cast Away", film adaptation
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Studies on Film
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HUMANITIES, Literary studies; HUMANITIES, Cultural studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-2269OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-2269DiVA: diva2:302745
Available from: 2010-03-09 Created: 2010-03-09 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved

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