Différance in Signifying Robinson Crusoe: Defoe, Tournier, Coetzee and Deconstructive Re-visions of a Myth by Haiyan RenDifférance in Signifying Robinson Crusoe: Defoe, Tournier, Coetzee and Deconstructive Re-visions of a Myth by Haiyan Ren

Différance in Signifying Robinson Crusoe: Defoe, Tournier, Coetzee and Deconstructive Re-visions of…

byHaiyan Ren

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Deconstructive rewritings are re-visions. This monograph engages Robinson Crusoe in tandem with two of its re-visions, Michel Tournier’s Friday and J. M. Coetzee’s Foe, from the perspective of the Enlightenment ideology. Basing the argument upon the assumption that Robinson Crusoe is a myth of the Enlightenment ideology representing the master narrative of the Enlightenment discourse, the book examines how the major ideological themes of the Enlightenment master narrative as manifested through the myth of Robinson Crusoe are rearticulated in Friday and Foe. It dismantles how these two re-visions, through deconstructive freeplay, question and more importantly deconstruct the basic premises and principles, or the concepts that enjoy the full presence of an absolute signified in the myth of Robinson Crusoe. Thus these re-visions not only transform the logocentric repressive structure in Defoe’s text into open-ended and dialogic discourses, they also partly constitute a chain of différance in signifying the myth of Robinson Crusoe. The author desires to generate large-scale understandings from small-scale insights through this research.
Ren Haiyan is Assistant Professor of English and American Literature at Hunan Normal University, China. Her fields of interest are (the) 18th century English novel, (the) modern and postmodern American and English novel, and contemporary critical theories.
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Title:Différance in Signifying Robinson Crusoe: Defoe, Tournier, Coetzee and Deconstructive Re-visions of…Format:PaperbackDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.68 inPublished:July 18, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Contents: Robinson Crusoe: A Problematic Myth of the Enlightenment – Understanding the Myth of Robinson Crusoe in the Context of the Enlightenment – Robinson Crusoe: A Rational Colonialist – Robinson Crusoe’s Subjectivity: Romanticized Solitude and a Capitalist Utopia – De(Re)-Mystifying the Subject: A World Without Others Re-visioned – Perversion: Robinson’s Reproduction in a World without Others – Metamorphosis: Tournier’s Solution to Robinson’s Dilemma – From Defoe to Foe: Representation and Power in the Colonialist Context – Susan Barton versus Friday: Feminism Interrogated – Representation: Dispute and Compromise within Colonialist Discourse – An Open Ending: An Invitation for Further Freeplay.