J. M. Coetzee and the Woman Question

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This chapter contextualises the theme of reading Coetzee’s women within the existing scholarship. It highlights women critics’ contribution to Coetzee scholarship and pays attention to Coetzee’s interest in representations of women and women’s voices throughout his oeuvre. It discusses a variety of themes through which this interest plays out, including violence, agency, sexuality and motherhood, and recognises that the question of women is at the forefront of some of the more lively contestations of, and critical debates about, Coetzee’s writing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReading Coetzee's Women
EditorsSue Kossew, Melinda Harvey
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783030197773
ISBN (Print)9783030197766
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Coetzee’s women critics
  • Critical debates
  • Motherhood
  • Women’s voices

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