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The editors of the biannual journal Comparisons

invite article proposals for a special issue of the journal (26(1)/2020) on


The Robinsonade and Comparative Studies:
300 years of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe


The 2019 tercentenary of the publication of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe provides the perfect opportunity to reconsider the global status of the Robinsonade as a genre. Its translations, transformations, and a gradual separation from the founding text by Daniel Defoe have revealed its truly international character, with the term ‘Robinsonade’ itself first used in the German literary tradition and the most enduring narrative structure established not so much by Defoe himself but by J.J. Rousseau and his commentary on Robinson Crusoe in Emile; or, On Education.

This issue will address the circulation of the Robinsonade across cultures and national contexts, the adaptability of the form and its potential to speak to various audiences at different historical moments. We invite contributions on all aspects of the afterlives of the Robinsonade across languages and media, with a particular interest in contemporary variations on the theme.

The issue will be published at the beginning of 2020. Abstract proposals should reach us by 31 July 2019, and complete articles will be due 30 September 2019. For any correspondence, use This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The stylesheet for the journal is available at


Comparisons is a biannual publication specializing in East Central European comparative literary and cultural studies. The journal is indexed in Scopus, ERIH+ and Index Copernicus.