A Literary Analysis of the Mythopoetic Feminism of “Foe” by J.M. Coetzee


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A Literary Analysis of the Mythopoetic Feminism of Foe by J.M. Coetzee
This literary study will analyze the important mythopoetic feminism of the Robinson Crusoe story and the character of Susan Barton in Foe by J.M. Coetzee. The politics of feminism arises in the vocalizations of Susan Barton’s mythic interaction with Cruso and Friday per her sea-adventure story being the “source” of Daniel Foe’s classic novel. Coetzee depicts Foe as a patriarchal translator of Barton’s adventures to rescue her daughter by embellishing Cruso’s story. By rewriting the myth of Crusoe through the perspective of a woman (as the main hero), Coetzee brings to life the problem of patriarchy in the book writing business and the issue of feminism in literature. In...
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.....oe through a woman’s perspective. Susan Barton is a truly heroic character trying to find and rescue her daughter, but it is the patriarchal values of men that prevent her story from being told. Throughout the novel. Barton must hide her frustration when men, including Cruso, will not listen to her rational and intelligent points of view on survival as a castaway. More so, it is the patriarchal bigotry of Foe that writes Cruso as the hero, even though it is Barton’s adventures that inspires this classic novel. This is one way in which Coetzee provides a mythopoetic feminist view of Foe’s novel, which retells a classic story through the true heroism of Barton’s adventures at sea.
Works Cited
Coetzee, J.M. Foe. New York: Penguin, 1988. Print.