The Phenomenological Animal in J.M. Coetzee
While the larger project begins with Moby-Dick, this paper will closely examine J.M. Coetzee's treatment of the literary animal and how it compares to major earlier twentieth-century British and American readings. I will focus on the following novels: The Lives of Animals, Disgrace, and Elizabeth Costello. Because Coetzee's texts are both postmodern and traditionally modern (with his training in existentialism) an examination of the human and nonhuman body is necessary. I return to Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception in order to interpret the human-animal relations.
Keywords: Literature, Philosophy, Animal Studies
PhD student, Comparative Studies, Florida Atlantic University