Title

The Complication of the Interpretive Process in Robinson Crusoe and Foe

Publication Year

1997

Keywords

Literature, Robinson Crusoe, Foe, interpretation, narrative

Disciplines

Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature | Fiction

Abstract

This essay must begin somewhere, as must J.M. Coetzee's novel, Foe. This does not, however, revoke the ability and the necessity of each to question the notion of beginning. Foe explores this notion in several ways. One way to begin our exploration is to ask where Foe begins. An obvious response is: with its first words, " 'At last I could row no further.' " Even this answer puts the notion of beginning into question. Two sets of quotation marks surround it. The character in the position of narrator has written these words after the fact. The action of rowing is doubly placed in the past. The subject has not only already rowed, but has also already written.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing

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