On Feminism and Identity in J.M. Coetzee Literature: A Critical Analysis from Post-Colonial Perspective

  • Suadah Jasim Salih Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
  • Lajiman Janoory Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
Keywords: feminism, apartheid, identity, Coetzee's novels


As a Noble Laureate, John Maxwell Coetzee has been one of the most important icons of post-colonial writers in feminism literature. This study reveals significant role of women characters in Coetzee’s fiction focusing on how the concept of feminism is used through employing women characters for mirroring both gender and racial schism. In Coetzee’s fiction, female characters are employed as a typical solution to several issues he wants to reveal according to his own identity and social persona. This study critically scrutinizes Coetzee’s selected novels, namely In the Heart of the Country, Waiting for the Barbarians, Foe, Age of Iron, and Disgrace. Almost all Coetzee’s works mainly focus on the socio-political status of women in Africa with regard to sexism, femininity and masculinity ideologies. In this study, the post-colonial feminism theory has been applied using discursive strategy based on anthropological and sociological analyses to reflect the socio-political scenarios of both Apartheid and Post-apartheid Africa. As its findings put to light the post-colonial black women’s treatment by the colonisers and the forms of resisting their hegemony, it is expected that this study will significantly contribute to the researchers whose concern is on feminism as a significant phenomenon in the post-colonial literature.


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How to Cite
Salih, S. J. and Janoory, L. (2019) “On Feminism and Identity in J.M. Coetzee Literature: A Critical Analysis from Post-Colonial Perspective”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 4(3), pp. 44 - 57. doi: 10.47405/mjssh.v4i3.204.