First NameBarbora
Last NameNovotná
Emailnovotna.barbora@seznam.cz
Supervisor NameMgr. Martina Horáková
UniversityMasaryk University
CountryUnited States
KeywordsPostcolonial literatures, considerable amount of scholarly, postcolonial studies, deconstruct historical consequences
DegreeMasters
DomainEnglish

Abstract

Postcolonial literatures have attracted a considerable amount of scholarl attention in the past four decades. Similarly to other disciplines beginning with the prefix „post‟, postcolonial studies respond to history and tend to explore, challenge and deconstruct historical consequences from modern perspectives. Moreover, postcolonial rewritings have been particularly important in addressing the issues of otherness, questions of identity and specific problems of cultural appropriation that often come to the fore in various postcolonial contexts. J. M. Coetzee‟s novel Foe (1986) and Derek Walcott‟s play Pantomime (1978) are, in this respect, an ideal response to the imperial discourse in Robinson Crusoe (1719), the classic tale that stood the test of time. The aim of this thesis is to analyze the story of Robinson Crusoe within the postcolonial and feminist contexts of the two creative rewritings under scrutiny. The primary focus is on the deconstruction of racial and gender binaries as well as on the reversal of roles that often intertwine in these works. The thesis, divided into five chapters, aims to explore the ways in which the concept of race and gender intersect and how it constructs the identities of the postcolonial characters incorporated in the works in question.

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