Asserting that Coetzee’s representation of the body as subject to dismemberment counters the colonial representation of the other’s body as exotic and erotically-charged, this study inspects the ambivalence pertaining to Coetzee’s embodied representation of the other and reveals the risks that come with such contrapuntal reiteration. Through the study of the narrative identity of the colonial other and her/his body’s representation, the book also unveils the author’s own authorial identity exposed through the repetitive narrative patterns and characterization choices.
"An engaging and insightful book. The author offers readers further clues to unravelling Coetzee’s ambivalent narratives through close textual reading, a rare feat today. " -- Dr.Sadok Bouhlila, Department of English, Manouba University.
PART I Negotiating Power in the Other’s Flesh
1 Colonial Bodies…Resurrected?
2 Desiring the Maimed, or Eroticism Revisited
PART II White Voices/Black Bodies: A Politics of Displacement
3 The Story with/in the Story: Coetzee’s Shadow Narratives
4 Closed Bodies, Mut(e)ilated Narratives: Negotiating a Story out of the Other
PART III Beyond the B(lo)ody Politics
5 The Body as a Historicizing Map
6 The Body as an Identitarian Map
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