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Here, it is also appropriate to recall Lacan's notion of "the circumscribable metonymy of speech": the effects of language "are always mixed with the fact, which is the basis of the analytic experience, that the subject is subject only from being subjected to the field of the Other, the subject proceeds from his synchronic subjection in the field of the Other" (Lacan 188).
In the course of Foe's four sections, Coetzee demarcates a fictive terrain of subtler, more complicated geography, a terrain less circumscribable than the leveled landscapes of sexual or racial antagonisms.