By Mereta Falck Borch, Eva Rask Knudsen, Martin Leer

A wide-ranging choice of essays targeted on readings of the physique in modern literary and socio-anthropological discourse, from slavery and rape to lady genital mutilation, from garments, ocular pornography, voice, deformation and transmutation to the imprisoned, dismembered, remembered, kidnapped or ghostly physique, in Africa, Australasia and the Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, nice Britain and ireland

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Hodgins’ strategies instead are irony, humour and sarcastic wit, as in the poem “Haematopoietics,” which puns on the medical term for the production of red blood cells and the production of poetry. ” Ulla Ratheiser, in “A Voice of One’s Own,” sees the fiction of Patricia Grace in relation to the decolonizing of the English language and the history of language politics in New Zealand, the imposition of English and the erosion of Maori before the Maori Renaissance. Grace’s fiction works by transporting “subversive and problematic meanings” into the colonizers’ language.

159–60) The irrepressible surfacing of an obsessive body is also the main leitmotif in Nadine Gordimer’s The Conservationist. An unknown African, found on a white man’s land, has been hastily buried by the police. From then on, the owner of the land, Mehring, is repeatedly plagued by nightmarish visions of the decaying corpse, until it is unearthed by torrential rains, a symbolic sur- 15 At one moment when she phones Mr. Thabane, he tells her: “Your voice is very tiny, very tiny and very far away” (136).

The last part examines a different approach to the suffering body in novels that, for the sake of convenience, could be labeled postmodern and post-apartheid. “Life for a Life,” a short story Alan Paton published in the early 1960s, epitomizes, at the most elementary level, the confiscation of a body. A white man has been murdered on a farm in the Cape region, and, as the police cannot find the culprit – who must necessarily be among the “brown people,” as they are called in the text – they take away the head shepherd.

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