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

1st Edition

Hania A.M. Nashef

Routledge
Published July 27, 2012
Reference - 196 Pages
ISBN 9780415652605 - CAT# Y143891
Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

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Summary

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.

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