Postcolonial Ecocriticism

Aus der neuen Wissenschaftsbuchreihe von Susan Arndt und Weeraya Donsomsakulkij: Postcolonial Posthumanism.

Dilan Z. Smida
Postcolonial Ecocriticism
Whiteness and Dogs in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace
Taschenbuch | 140*205 mm
112 Seiten | 16.00 EUR [D]
ISBN 978-3-96042-023-1 | WG 2-973
Neuerscheinung Mai 2017


With Disgrace set in 1997, only few years after the Apartheid regime was officially levered out Coetzee presents a bleak scenery of persisting and often violent negotiations over power structures which are the pivotal point of postcolonial and ecocritical studies. Authoring fictional realism out of such a historical laden context Coetzee negotiates power constructions over perceptions of the Self and Other: white and Black, man and womanhood, culture and nature, human and animal. Here, the localization of the protagonist as yet another representative agent of the system of inequality adds further to the oppressive literary canon of South Africa. Yet, the book’s analysis of the novel exceeds the reading of the literary protagonist as a product of a colonial past by levelling a broader criticism of the text that concentrates on the monologic narrative structures that perpetuate these distorted colonial, patriarchal and racial power structures. Thus, the author‘s positioning in a historical and political context must be dismantled as a literary arrogance to persist colonial traditions of representation.

Postcolonial Posthumanism ist eine Buchreihe, die von Student_innen und Mitarbeiter_innen der Fachgruppe Anglistik an der Universtität Bayreuth herausgegeben wird. Die Reihe schaut auf Zusammenhänge zwischen Rassismen, Speziesismen und dem Umgang mit Umwelt und Geschlecht. Das Ziel der Reihe soll sein, Verbindungen zwischen diesen oft seperat behandelten Feldern aufzudecken.

The Author:

Dilan Z. Smida obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Language at the University of Bayreuth and currently studies Literature and Media MA.

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