1st Edition

The Politics of Humiliation in the Novels of J.M. Coetzee

ISBN 9780415652605
Published July 27, 2012 by Routledge
218 Pages

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Book Description

In this volume, Nashef looks at J.M. Coetzee's concern with universal suffering and the inevitable humiliation of the human being as manifest in his novels. Though several theorists have referred to the theme of human degradation in Coetzee’s work, no detailed study has been made of this area of concern especially with respect to how pervasive it is across Coetzee’s literary output to date. This study examines what J.M. Coetzee's novels portray as the circumstances that contribute to the humiliation of the individual--namely the abuse of language, master and slave interplay, aging and senseless waiting--and how these conditions can lead to the alienation and marginalization of the individual.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations



Copyright acknowledgments


Chapter One: In the Name of Truth Chapter Two: Words: Magda’s Blessings Chapter Three: Chains that Bind

Chapter Four: To Exit with Dignity

Chapter Five: At the Gate





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Hania Nashef  received a PhD in Literature from University of Kent in 2008.

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Hania A.M. Nashef

Professor, American University of Sharjah
Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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