Graham 2005 Unspeakable

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Author: Lucy Valerie Graham

Title: Reading the Unspeakable

Subtitle: Rape in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace

In: Body, Sexuality, and Gender: Versions and Subversions in African Literatures (Vol. 1)

Edited by: Flora Veit-Wild and Dirk Naguschewski

Place: Amsterdam

Publisher: Editions Rodopi

Year: 2005

Pages: 255-267

Series: Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society 29-30

ISBN-10: 9042016264 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | South African History | Representations: Literature / J.M. Coetzee

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Abstract: »The traumatic experience of rape stands in the centre of the last two essays. While Martina Kopf takes up Yvonne Vera's novel Under the Tongue, Lucy Graham takes a closer look at J.M. Coetzee's novel Disgrace. (...) J.M. Coetzee explicitly chose not to represent sexual violation in his novel. Graham regards this shifting of rape narrative as a central feature of the entire novel. The violated body remains hidden from the reader, who instead is called upon to imagine what has happened to the women and to reflect on the possibility of renderin into words the harm that is being done to human bodies.« (Source: Flora Veit-Wild and Dirk Naguschewski. »Introduction: Lifting the Veil of Secrecy.« Body, Sexuality, and Gender: Versions and Subversions in African Literatures. Edited by Flora Veit-Wild et al. Amsterdam 2005: xviii-xix)

Reprint of: Graham, Lucy V. »Reading the Unspeakable: Rape in J.M. Coetzee’s DisgraceJournal of Southern African Studies 29 (2003): 433-444.

Reviews:Busia, Abena P.A. Research in African Literatures 38(3) (Fall 2007): 195-197. – Full Text: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)

Wikipedia: J. M. Coetzee: Disgrace (novel)

Added: October 25, 2008 – Last updated: December 20, 2014