The Spiritual Liberation of Music, Dance, and Ritual: Verbal- Versus Non-Verbal Communication in J. M. Coetzee’s Foe

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Abstract

J. M. Coetzee’s Foe (1986) is a testament to the limitations of language. In its expression of truth, writing is presented as divine magic. However, non-verbal communication is paramount: spiritual liberation is achieved by Friday through his communicative capabilities in music, dance, and ritual. His performing skills are akin to dexterity in the Capoeira, Candomblé, Calypso, Circumambulation, and Maculelê. He is also empowered to speak his mind through penetrating, aquatic syllables.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-20
Number of pages10
JournalCommonwealth Essays and Studies
Volume38
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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