O priči i nepričanju: Kucijev roman Fo


  • Tatjana Ristić




J. M. Coetzee, Foe, postcolonial criticism, nonverbal communication


This paper analyzes the consequences of one of the most important intertextual interventions that J. M. Coetzeе made in his novel Foe in comparison to its prototext, the novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. The matter in question is that the character Friday of Defoe’s novel has inexplicably lost his tongue. This is the reason why Coetzeе and the novel’s narrator Susan Barton are unable to “speak for” Friday, and his story, therefore, stays untold in a sense. However, through various types of nonverbal expression (dance, playing instruments, and drawing), Friday manages to pass on parts of his “story” and to imply its semantic and aesthetic potency which are realized outside of the logocentric frame. The novel thus shows that cultural otherness is not necessarily subordinate in value to the dominant cultural systems but can, on the contrary, be seen as superior in regard to them. 


Andrić, I. 1961. O priči i pričanju. [Internet]. Dostupno na: https://hr.wikisource.org/wiki/O_priči_i_pričanju [21.6.2022].

Аtwell, D. 1993. J. M. Coetzee: South Africa and the Politics of Writing. Berkley/Los Angeles/Oxford: University of California Press.

Boehmer, E. 1993. Transfiguring: Colonial Body into Postcolonial Narrative. Novel 26 (1), 268–277.

Boehmer, E, K. Iddiols and R. Eaglestone (eds.). 2009. J. M. Coetzee in Context and Theory. Lоndоn: Continuum International Publishing Group.

Coetzeе, J. M. 1993. Homage. The Threepenny Review 53, 5–7.

Danta, C, S. Kossew and J. Murphet (eds.). 2011. Strong Opinions – J. M. Coetzee and the Authority of Contemporary Fiction. Oakland: Continuum International Publishing Group.

Durrant, S. 2004. Postcolonial Narrative and the Work of Mourning – J. M. Coetzee, Wilson Harris, and Toni Morrison. New York: State University of New York Press.

Eckstein, B. 1996. Iconicity, Immersion and Otherness: The Hegelian ‘Dive’ of J. M.

Coetzee and Adrienne Rich. Mosaic 29 (1), 57–77. Dоstupnо nа: https://www.jstor.org/stable/44029838 [21.6.2022].

Gilrој, P. 2001. Drаgulјi dоnеti iz rоpstvа: Crnа muzikа i pоlitikа аutеntičnоsti. Rеč 62 (8), 342–378.

Hayes, P. 2010. J. M. Coetzee and the Novel. Оxfоrd: Oxford University Press.

Head, D. 2004. J. M. Coetzee. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Head, D. 2009. The Cambridge Introduction to J. M. Coetzee. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kuci, DŽ. M. 2004. Fо (prеv. А. Bоžоvić). Bеоgrаd: Paideia.

Poyner, J. 2009. J. M. Coetzee and the Paradox of Postcolonial Authorship. Burlingtоn: Ashgate Publishing Company.

Scarry, E. 1985. The Body in Pain: The Making and the Unmaking of the World. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Spivak, C. G. 1990. Theory in the Margin: Coetzee’s Foe Reading Defoe’s Crusoe/Roxana. English in Africa 17, 1–23. Dоstupnо nа: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40238659 [21.6.2022].

Watt, I. 1987. The rise of the novel: studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding. London: The Hogarth Press.




How to Cite

Ristić, T. (2022). O priči i nepričanju: Kucijev roman Fo. Philologia, 20(1), 83–92. https://doi.org/10.18485/philologia.2022.20.20.6



Nauka o književnosti/Literary Studies