Jolly 1996 Violence

Title Information

Author: Rosemary Jane Jolly

Title: Colonization, Violence and Narration in White South African Writing

Subtitle: André Brink, Breyten Breytenbach, and J.M. Coetzee

Place: Athens, OH

Publisher: Ohio University Press

Year: 1996

Pages: xvii + 179pp.

ISBN-10: 0821411306 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 0821411314 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

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

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Author: Rosemary J. Jolly, English Department, Pennsylvania State University


  Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  Preface (p. x)
  Introduction (p. 1)
    Susan Barton's Dilemma
  Violence, Afrikaner Lliberalism, and the Fiction of André Brink (p. 16)
    1. Introduction (p. 16)
    2. The Brinkian Witness to Violence: A Dry White Season (p. 21)
    3. Race, Sex, and Historical Narrative: Violence(s) in A Chain of Voices (p. 28)
  Breyten Breytenbach's Prison Writings (p.60)
    1. Introduction (p. 60)
    2. Breyten Breytenbach's Mouroir. Producing His-Story Without Reproducing Violation (p. 75)
    3. The Relationship Between Confession and Autobiography in The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist (p. 91)
  Forms of Violence in J.M. Coetzee's Dusklands and Waiting for the Barbarians (p. 110)
    1. The Gun as Copula: Colonization, Rape, and the Question of Pornographic Violence in Dusklands (p. 110)
    2. "Into the Dark Chamber": Colonization, Inquisition, and Torture in Waiting for the Barbarians (p. 122)
  Conclusion (p. 138)
    The Narrative 'Loses its Voice'
  Epilogue (p. 148)
  Bibliography (p. 158)
  Index (p. 173)


»The representation of pain and suffering in narrative form is an ongoing ethical issue in contemporary South African literature. Can violence be represented without sensationalistic effects, or, alternatively, without effects that tend to be conservative because they place the reader in a position of superiority over the victim or the perpetrator?
Jolly looks at three primary South African authors--André Brink, Breyten Breytenbach, and J. M. Coetzee--to consider violence in the context of apartheid and colonialism and their inherent patriarchies.
Jolly also discusses the violence attendant upon the act of narration in the broader context of critiques of Kafka, Freud, Hegel, the postcolonial critics Jan Mohamed and Bhabha, and feminists such as Susan Suleiman.« (Source: Ohio University Press)

Note: Jolly, Rosemary. »The Gun as Copula: Colonization, Rape, and the Question of Pornographic Violence in J.M. Coetzee’s DusklandsWorld Literature Written in English 32 (1992): 44-55.


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Wikipedia: J. M. Coetzee: Dusklands

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