Crusoe and Crossbones: Longitude and Liberalism

  • Karen Bloom GevirtzEmail author


The final chapter shows how films and television programs like Crusoe (2008, 2009) and Crossbones (2014) represent the long eighteenth century to establish a “creation myth” that justifies real or projected aspects of early millennium ideology. These programs locate the origins of technophilia and social liberalism in the eighteenth century, and depict them as close bedfellows whose relationship began in the long eighteenth century. Both programs celebrate technology and both programs endorse a seemingly egalitarian approach to race, class, and gender that they associate with technology. Further examination in the chapter reveals, however, that the social and economic values are ultimately as conservative if not more so than they are liberal, and that technology’s origins are described to support extant economic and social structures and systems.


Robinson Crusoe Adaptation Technology Science in the eighteenth century Pirates in film Pirates on television 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishSeton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA

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