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Title :

Robinson Crusoe's earthenware pot

Author :
LIU, Lydia H. ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Interprets the earthenware pot in Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe, noting that Defoe was himself a manufacturer of bricks and pantiles, and published several journalistic pieces arguing against imported chinaware and its negative impact on the British economy and morals. Liu says Crusoe's experiment with earthenware is symptomatic of what she calls the poetics of colonial disavowal. Her analysis is an attempt to show that this poetics informs Defoe's storytelling in profound ways, both stylistically and contextually. She interrogates the absence of porcelain in the Crusoe episode and tries to explain how that absence conditions what the earthenware pot is doing, metonymically, in the novel. Like a ghost, the foreign object - porcelain - hovers over the borders of Defoe's writing and wrestles with the authorial hand that tries to exclude it from signification. ;
Pagination/Size :
2 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Chine d'exportation ; Colonialisme ; Céramique ; Defoe, Daniel, v.1661-1731 ; Iconographie ; Métonymie ; Robinson Crusoe ; Roman ; 1700-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Ceramics ; Chinese export ; Colonialism ; Defoe, Daniel, ca.1661-1731 ; Iconography ; Metonymy ; Novels ; Robinson Crusoe ; 1700-1800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Critical inquiry, 1999, 25, 4, summer
INIST identifier :
24968954 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0093-1896 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ;