The Phenomenological Animal in J.M. Coetzee

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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
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies , Knowledge , Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness , Ethnicity, Difference, Identity , Science, Environment and the Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Jamie Johnson

PhD student, Comparative Studies, Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL, USA

I have a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in English. I am now writing my dissertation on the literary animal in twentieth century literature and philosophy. The PhD will be in Comparative Studies with a major area of focus in English and a secondary focus in Philosophy.

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