Skibbrudd som symptom i J. M. Coetzees Foe
- Side: 116-133
- Publisert på Idunn: 2010-09-30
- Publisert: 2010-09-30
Shipwreck as Symptom in J. M. Coetzees Foe
This article reads Coetzees Foe (1986) as a reflection on the novels generic debt to shipwreck narratives and thus to a certain mythology of Empire. It argues that Coetzee challenges these ideological affinities through a radical shift in narrative poetics leading to the breakdown of novelistic discourse in the last section of the book. Drawing on Slavoj ieks association of the wreck and the «sublime symptom», these final scenarios are seen as the impossible irruption of the subaltern Fridays speechless voice into the novels symbolic totality, in a way which echoes Coetzees reflections on the unspeakable truth of apartheid.