Gender And Patriarchal Power In Susan Coetzee's Foe

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In the case of Foe, Coetzee finds a perfect figure in Susan Barton to delve into the notion of Spivakian othering as one who goes on a journey of being a ‘settler’ to a subaltern. As Spivak delineates, Coetzee’s text can be taught as:
1. Correcting Defoe's imagination of the marginal, in comradeship;
2. Re-inscribing the white woman as agent, as the asymmetrical double of the author.
3. Situating the politics of overdetermination as aporia .
4. Halting before Friday, since for Coetzee, here, now, and for Susan Barton, and for Daniel Foe, which is the arbitrary name of the withheld limit. Under the light of the aforementioned points, what the researcher tried to represent in Foe, was the dichotomy of Self/Other opposition. A process that Coetzee masterfully traces in the conflicts Susan Barton has during the narration of the novel. More often than not, this study pointed out the unfair treatment of a male-dominant discourse regarding the subaltern of race –being Friday – and that of gender, being Susan Barton. Daniel Foe’s give-and-take with Susan Barton in the letters they wrote, clearly states how the patriarchal power can incarnate the ‘othering’ process on the colonized.

5.2 Findings

The dissertation at hand attempted to delve into Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians and Foe, aiming at employing a postcolonial approach to scrutinize
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The axes of this “worlding” in Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians reincarnate in the figures of Colonel Joll. Foe depicts yet another aspect of worlding, in which the Urizenean authority manipulates history and texts of the Other for its lasting benefit. Othering deals with the repercussions of racism and class (or a combination of both) as well as the processes of identity generation related to the degradation of the

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