Oppressive Silence: J. M. Coetzee’s Foe and the Politics of Canonisation
How does it come about that a fictional work, or an oeuvre, is heard within a literary and cultural tradition? What does it mean for a novel to claim canonic status, or for critics to make such a claim on its behalf? What kinds of voicing and silencing are involved in this process, and how do they relate to the wider operations of voicing and silencing that characterise — and in some degree constitute — our cultural and political practices? These are some of the troublesome questions raised, internally and externally, by J. M. Coetzee’s fifth novel, Foe.
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