Fear of Dogs/Dogs' Fear in Coetzee's Disgrace

Dianne George


In the novel, Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee entwines sexual, racial and species politics. By including dogs in the novel as characters, he shows that the connections between dogs and humans are intricately bound to a political place of privilege or oppression. One way in which he demonstrates the political connection between dogs and humans is through their fear of one another. Privlileged whites feared Africans and protected themselves with dogs; Africans feared whites and the dogs they protected. Dogs fear death.

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