GLOCALCOLLOQUIES - Vol 2, Issue 1, June 2016

Pages: 16-25

History, Patriarchy and Women in J. M. Coetzee’s In the Heart of the Country

Author: Kumar, Devender

Category: Research

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The history of South Africa is deeply marked with racial relationships decided by colonial past and postcolonial present in that country. J. M. Coetzee’s novel In the Heart of the Country reflects the maiming impact of such history on women in an essentially patriarchal society. Patriarchal taboos coupled with colonial violence create the problem of identity before woman. Magda the narrator protagonist in the novel appears to be one such hapless victim of colonial history and conventional patriarchy in her dealings with her father and Hendrik the black native. The narrative of the novel spells out drastic repercussions for the social and cultural set-up of the region with the advent of the white settlers. Referring to the colonial and postcolonial phases at micro-level the novel depicts graphically two women—Magda the white woman and Anna the black woman—as the worse victim of these changes and challenges. Presuming that the double frame of colonial history and patriarchy redoubles the miseries suffered by women, the paper analyses critically the interactions of women like Magda in this novel with their surroundings.

Keywords: Colonialism, Patriarchy, Women, Violence, Identity

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