Freitags Widerstand und die Unterwanderung von Crusoes Vorherrschaft: Eine Studie der Postkolonialismus-Forschung zu Daniel Defoes "Robinson Crusoe" by Wolfgang Streit

Freitags Widerstand und die Unterwanderung von Crusoes Vorherrschaft: Eine Studie der…

byWolfgang Streit

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Abstract: Despite the general view of Robinson Crusoe as a manifesto for colonial empowerment this paper in the German language shows that the text in fact exposes the paradigmatic self-affirming colonial subject as inherently instable. It does so not only by the initial perforation of Crusoe’s name, but also by failing “pro-imperialist apology” – according to Edward Said’s idea of contrapuntal read¬ing – aimed at legitimiz¬ing Crusoe’s supremacy over “his” island, and his power over the main non-Western protagonists, Xury and Friday. Both these parallel cases of subjugation are ridden by almost absurd logical, or economic contradic¬tions exposing the futility at the heart of their mechanics. Also, the presentation of Crusoe’s superiority by means of the con¬struction of reli¬gious alterity is inconsistent as traces of hybridization within the Chris¬tian creed show. Moreover Crusoe’s will to establish his Western language usage as superior backfires when Creo¬lization enters the protagonist’s own discourse, and his self-aggrandizing declaration of being master of his island is subverted by antagonistic elements, which he – unsuccessfully – tries to exclude from the realm of hu¬mankind – by unconvincingly de¬picting their cannibal eating hab¬its. Further, “anti-imperialist resistance” according to Said becomes obvious within the text when the visual contrast between Crusoe and colonized peoples – one of the markers of alterity – collapses as Friday acquires phenotypical Western traits and Crusoe devel-ops non-Western features. But it is Friday who symbolically resists colonial power most potently. Far from being only the obedient servant desired by his master he stubbornly refuses to speak Eng-lish adequately, thus exposing Crusoe’s deficiency of authority. But most of all, after years of subjugation, he stages a revolt not only against Crusoe, but – in the name of all colonized peoples – against Western colonists.

Title:Freitags Widerstand und die Unterwanderung von Crusoes Vorherrschaft: Eine Studie der…Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 30, 2014Publisher:Books on DemandLanguage:German

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ISBN - 10:3738688188

ISBN - 13:9783738688184

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