A Dog with a Broken Back : Animals as Rhetoric and Reality in the Fiction of J. M. Coetzee
Coetzee’s fiction ‘calls into question [the] longstanding cultural assumption of human superiority [over animals]. His novels Disgrace and Elizabeth Costello, in particular, foreground philosophical arguments about animals. … This essay will not address these philosophical questions directly, although the suggestion that animals present a challenge to the assumption of human superiority is implicit in some of its arguments. Its focus is the rhetorical and symbolic function of animals in Coetzee’s fiction.’ (61)
Cite as: Ley, James. ‘A Dog with a Broken Back : Animals as Rhetoric and Reality in the Fiction of J. M. Coetzee.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 25, no. 2, 2010. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.92fe989544.