Issue Details: First known date: 2010 2010
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Coetzee's fiction 'calls into question [the] longstanding cultural assumption of human superiority [over animals]. His novels Disgrace and Elizabeth Costello, in particular, foreground philosophical arguments about animals. ... This essay will not address these philosophical questions directly, although the suggestion that animals present a challenge to the assumption of human superiority is implicit in some of its arguments. Its focus is the rhetorical and symbolic function of animals in Coetzee's fiction.' (61)


  • Includes reference to the influence of Kafka and Dostoevsky on Coetzee.

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