Lucy Valerie Graham
MA (Rhodes University)
Dissertation Abstract

The Use of Women's Voices in Three Novels by J.M. Coetzee


This study focuses on J.M. Coetzee’s use of women narrators in three of his apartheid-era novels: In the Heart of the Country (1977), Foe (1987) and AgeMA abstract top banner of Iron (1990).
The investigation is based on the premise that Coetzee’s position as a male author scripting women's voices is important for readings of these novels. Although the implications of Coetzee’s strategy are examined against the theoretical background of feminist or gender-related discourses, focusing on the specific positional and narrative possibilities afforded by Coetzee’s use of first-person women’s voices in his apartheid-era fiction.

 

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