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Susan and Friday: Rationality and Othernes in J M Coetzee's Foe
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

ABSTRACT

This essay aims to study rationality and otherness in J.M. Coetzee’s Foe. Susan Barton, the female protagonist in the book, is rational and struggles for power and independence in the society of the Enlightenment where the story is set. She is seen as non-rational, less valuable and as Other of the white, European male due to her gender.

            Friday is male, but non-white and he is perceived as Other as well because of the colour of his skin. Although Friday is mute he tries to communicate, but his ways of communication are often ignored by others.

            Through the representation of these characters Coetzee subverts the conventional idea that rationality is linked to the white European male.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , p. 26
Keyword [en]
otherness, gender, rationality, Coetzee
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-32240OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-32240DiVA, id: diva2:695538
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English
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Available from: 2014-02-28 Created: 2014-02-11 Last updated: 2014-02-28Bibliographically approved

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