In the Heart of the Country Critical Response To In The Heart Of The Country - Essay

J. M. Coetzee

Critical Response To In The Heart Of The Country

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

CRITICAL SUMMARY

In the Heart of the Country was Coetzee's second novel, the first, Dusklands, having already appeared in 1974. Contemporary reviewers outside South Africa were generally positive in their assessment of the work, at least to the extent of finding it compelling in its subject matter and formally challenging. Moreover, it was clearly opposed to white dominance in South Africa and was prepared to show that such dominance began in households and continued in the rural areas where the traditions of the past persisted. Strikingly missing from these early reviews was commentary on the fact that Coetzee was as interested in gender-related oppression as he was in racial...

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