Liani Lochner is Assistant Professor of Anglophone Postcolonial Literature at Université Laval, Canada. Educated in South Africa and England, her research interests are in critical theory and the ethical and political possibilities of literature. She has published related articles and book chapters on the works of Aravind Adiga, Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, J. M. Coetzee, and Zoë Wicomb. Recent essays on Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians and Wicomb’s October appeared in, respectively, the journals Ariel: A Review of International English Literature and Academic Quarter’s special edition on Art’s Agency.
J. M. Coetzee’s Age of Iron and Zoë Wicomb’s October feature female writers who are also academics giving an account of themselves through an autobiographical project engaging the genres, respectively, of the epistle and the memoir. While the aim is…