Mapping Magda’s Mind: Navigating Femininity, Sexuality and Race in In the Heart of the Country

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  • Anup Kumar Das Assistant Professor, Department of English Pandu College Guwahati, Assam, India

Keywords:

Race, Colonialism, Language, Sexuality, Femininity,

Abstract

The political landscape of South Africa with its complicated history of race relations provides a very intriguing and complex setting for many of J. M. Coetzee’s novels. Coetzee is one of the most prominent authors to have emerged from the painful history of apartheid in the land of South Africa. Widely appreciated for his sensitive and nuanced treatment of the race relations, Coetzee’s women characters have formed a niche of their own in the canon. The present paper is an attempt to study the intensively critiqued and discussed character of Magda in Coetzee’s novel In the Heart of the Country published in 1977. The narrative technique, language and the issues of race, sexuality and self determination of the protagonist Magda in the novel has birthed numerous interpretations as well as raised newer questions of womenhood and the legacy of colonialism in South Africa. To form an informed and cohesive analysis of the subject at hand the paper refers to some of the existing authoritative discourse on the matter and structures the arguments within the theoretical frameworks of Lacan, Freud and Postmodern narrative technique

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Published

28-06-2019

How to Cite

Das, A. K. (2019). Mapping Magda’s Mind: Navigating Femininity, Sexuality and Race in In the Heart of the Country. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 17. Retrieved from https://www.ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/8754

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