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

By Hania A.M. Nashef

© 2009 – Routledge

196 pages

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About the Book

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

Abbreviations

Acknowledgments

Copyright acknowledgments

Introduction

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

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

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

About the Series

Studies in Major Literary Authors

Studies in Major Literary Authors features outstanding scholarship on celebrated and neglected authors of both canonical and lesser-known texts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004010
LITERARY CRITICISM / African