“J. M. Coetzee’s Foe (1986) as a Critical Response to Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719)”
The plurality of Coetzee’s reading of Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe contains a subtly designed criticism of narrative as a mode of representation. The postmodern scepticism on the possibility to represent life through the agency of narrative is neatly pointed out in Coetzee’s Robinsonade. Foe addresses the nature of narrative as a construct and, incidentally, the epistemological issue at the heart of any re-presentation of the past. Susan’s firm belief that her story can escape discontinuity prevents the tale of her experience on Cruso’s island from being actualized into an effective account: she rejects embellishment, addition, manipulation, as she fails to understand the inseparability between form and content in narrative. On the other hand, and because of Susan’s stance on narrative, the silence of Friday, the black servant, ultimately hinders the production of the story of the island; a story on colonisation deferred ad infinitum due to narrative subjectivity and the marginalisation of the colonised Other.
Auteur(s) : ISSAGA NDIAYE
Pages : 105-116
Année de publication : 2018
Revue : Les études britanniques contemporaines en Afrique noire
Type : Article
Mise en ligne par : NDIAYE Issaga