Soon after its initial publication, Robinson Crusoe inspired many adaptations, in literature, film, and even on television. Two modern adaptations, also known as Robinsonades, include the 2008 NBC television series, Crusoe, and the 2000 film, Castaway. In the process of adaptation, both Robinsonades make two important changes from the source text: the near exclusion of religious conversion and the inclusion of women. Women function to provide hope for survival and motivation to escape the island for the central, male character. This presentation argues that women replace the figure of God in the modern adaptations, thus fulfilling the Victorian ideal of “the angel in the house.” The simple inclusion of women in the adaptations, while seemingly feminist at first, is not feminist as it conforms to outdated ideals of women and their roles in society.
Tory Waggoner, ’11
Majors: Secondary Education, English
Sponsor: Shannon Reed