S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) English Language and Literature (영어영문학과) 영학논집(English Studies) 영학논집(English Studies) No.39 (2019)
무덤의 낙원과 죽음의 유충: 쿳시의 고딕적 세계
The Larva of Death in the Garden of Graves: J. M. Coetzee’s Gothic Universe
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- 서울대학교 인문대학 영어영문학과
- 영학논집, Vol.39, pp. 1-20
- This study considers the ways in which J. M. Coetzee’s early novel In the Heart of the Country shapes the contours of (post)colonial Gothic. The story has raised many disconcerted critiques regarding the reliability of its narrator, Magda, and the narrative as a whole is most often considered as no more than a meaningful failure. Coetzee’s Gothic characteristics, however, challenge such reading of the text by foregrounding the narrator’s Gothic subjectivity and its defying quality. In tandem with, but not wholly identical to, the western Gothic tradition, In the Heart of the Country grapples with the social and political issues in its own way. Indebted to the recent studies on the (post)colonial Gothic, this paper will trace the Gothic features in the novel that comprehensively appear through character representation and narrative structure. As a ghostly figure who raises the undead father by reiterating and rewriting one’s own life story, Magda parodies and complicates the sequential narrative to question the traditional way of writing which, in Coetzee’s view, unpleasantly soothes the shattered colonial history. By portraying the Gothic subject living in the garden of death, Coetzee’s novel suggests alternative ways of imagining the speculative history of a colonial world.