Volume 11, Number 2 - Spring 2020

Roland Borgards

Parrot Poll: Animal Mimesis in Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe

Abstract. The paper focuses on the famous scene in which Poll the parrot talks to Robinson Crusoe. It gives a close reading, revealing the ambivalence of violence and care in the relation between Robinson and Poll. It expands this ambivalence to a postcolonial approach, and it investigateswith and beyond Derridathe poetological implications of the parrot's faculty of mimesis.