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Title: Reading Coetzee Expectantly: From Magda to Lucy
Author(s): Ghosh-Schellhorn, Martina
Editor(s): Kossew, Sue
Harvey, Melinda
Language: English
Title: Reading Coetzee's Women
Startpage: 205
Endpage: 219
Publisher/Platform: Springer
Year of Publication: 2019
Place of publication: Cham
Publikation type: Book Chapter
Abstract: Some of Coetzee’s female protagonists, notably Magda (In the Heart of the Country), and Lucy (Disgrace), have throughout been less enthusiastically received than they might merit. Why is this so, Ghosh-Schellhorn asks, in this timely revisiting of two of Coetzee’s most controversial novels. The chapter seeks for answers to this poser by invoking Hans Robert Jauss’s reader-reception postulate that aesthetically distanced texts alone succeed in extending our ‘horizons of expectation’. Coetzee’s rewriting of the South African plaasroman hence challenges us to extend our ‘horizons of expectation’ with regard to this genre. Ghosh-Schellhorn argues that, in confronting us with women who take on unprecedented agency, Coetzee asks us to reconsider the concept of the Vrou en Moeder hallowed by Boer ideology.
DOI of the first publication: 10.1007/978-3-030-19777-3_12
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Link to this record: hdl:20.500.11880/31336
ISBN: 978-3-030-19777-3
Date of registration: 18-May-2021
Faculty: P - Philosophische Fakultät
Department: P - Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Anglophone Kulturen
Professorship: P - Prof. Dr. Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn
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