Colonization, Violence, and Narration in White South African Writing: Andre Brink, Breyten Breytenbach, and J. M. Coetzee by Rosemary Jane Jolly
Wits University Press (May 31, 1996)
Soft Cover, 200 pages
This study looks at three primary South African authors - Andre Brink, Breyten Breytenbach, and J.M. Coetzee - to consider violence in the context of apartheid and colonialism, and their inherent patriarchies. Works by Kafka, Freud and Hegel are used in the analysis.
The representation of pain and suffering in narrative form is an ongoing ethical issue in contemporary South African literature. Can violence be represented without sensationalistic effects, or, alternatively, without effects that tend to be conservative because they place the reader in a position of superiority over the victim or the perpetrator?