Coetzee's Foe Analysis

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Foe (novel)
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Foe |

1st edition |
Author(s) | J. M. Coetzee |
Country | South Africa |
Language | English |
Genre(s) | Novel |
Publisher | Viking Press |
Publication date | 1986 |
Media type | Print (Hardcover) |
Pages | 157 pp (hardcover edition) |
ISBN | ISBN 0-670-81398-2(hardcover edition) |
OCLCNumber | 14098832 |
Dewey Decimal | 823 19 |
LC Classification | PR9369.3.C58 F6 1987 |
Foe is a 1986 novel by South African author J. M. Coetzee. Woven around the existing plot of Robinson Crusoe, Foe is written from the perspective of Susan Barton, a castaway who landed on the same island inhabited by "Cruso" and Friday as their adventures were already underway. Like Robinson Crusoe, it is a frame story, unfolded as Barton's narrative while in England attempting to convince the writer Daniel Foe to help transform her tale into popular fiction. Focused primarily on themes of language and power, the novel was the subject of criticism in South Africa, where it was regarded as politically irrelevant on its release. Coetzee revisited the composition of Robinson Crusoe in 2003 in his Nobel prizeacceptance speech.
Contents  [hide]    * 1 Plot   * 2 Themes   * 3 Critical reception   * 4 Nobel acceptance speech   * 5 Notes   * 6 Sources   * 7 Further reading |
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Susan Barton is on a quest to find her kidnapped daughter whom she knows has been taken to the New World. She is set adrift during a mutiny on a ship to Lisbon. When she comes ashore, she finds Friday and a Cruso who has grown complacent, content to forget his past and live his life on the island with Friday—tongueless by what Cruso claims to have been the act of former slave owners—in attendance. Arriving near the end of their residence, Barton is only on the island for a year before the trio is rescued, but the homesick Cruso does not...

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