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Différance in Signifying Robinson Crusoe

Defoe, Tournier, Coetzee and Deconstructive Re-visions of a Myth

Haiyan Ren

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.
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Ren, Haiyan, author.Différance in Signifying Robinson Crusoe : Defoe, Tournier, Coetzeeand Deconstructive Re-visions of a Myth / Haiyan Ren.pages cmIncludes bibliographical references and index.ISBN 978-3-0343-1393-31. Robinsonades. 2. Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731. Robinson Crusoe.3. Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731–Influence. 4. Tournier, Michel. Vendredi.5. Coetzee, J. M., 1940- Foe. 6. Crusoe, Robinson (Fictitious character)7. Literature, Modern–History and criticism. 8. Deconstruction. I. Title.PN3432.R46 2014809.3‘9351–dc23


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