Michela Borzaga studied English at Salzburg, Belfast, and Stellenbosch. She is working as a lecturer and research assistant in the English department at the University of Vienna. Her areas of teaching and research interests include English literature and culture, literary theory and postcolonial studies. She co-edited Imagination in a Troubled Space: A Poetry Reader (Poetry Salzburg, 2004), Trauma, Memory, and Narrative in South Africa: Interviews (Rodopi, 2009) and Trauma, Memory, and Narrative in South Africa: Essays (Rodopi, 2012). She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled ‘Trauma on the Move: Re-reading the Contemporary South African Novel’.
University of Vienna
This essay offers a new spatial reading of In the Heart of the Country. It explores J. M. Coetzee’s interest in grounding white female narrators in heterotopic spaces which, while marked by terror and racial divisions, simultaneously enforce proximity…