Rape and the (animal) other: making monsters in J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace

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dc.contributor.author Moffat, Nicola Jane
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-24T12:37:00Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-24T12:37:00Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Moffat, N. (2018) 'Rape and the (animal) other: making monsters in J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace', Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 43(2), pp. 401-423. doi: 10.1086/693553 en
dc.identifier.volume 43
dc.identifier.issued 2
dc.identifier.startpage 401
dc.identifier.endpage 423
dc.identifier.issn 0097-9740
dc.identifier.issn 1545-6943
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/6881
dc.identifier.doi 10.1086/693553
dc.description.abstract This article proposes a new theoretical category, the “monstrative,” which is used both as a way to explain the performative acts that produce a monster and as a point of departure for feminist ontologies seeking a more positive model of identity formation. As such, I contrast monstrative acts, the theory of which is based on Judith Butler’s understanding of performativity, with a positive reading of Deleuzean becoming, which in turn is based on Rosi Braidotti’s feminist conceptualization of becoming-monster. In order to demonstrate both monstrativity and becoming-monster at work, I use J. M. Coetzee’s 1999 Booker Prize–winning novel Disgrace as an illustration of the monstrative acts of narrative discourse and rape, and the atoning effects of becoming-monster. I conclude that there are two types of monster: one that is produced through violent and injurious acts and another that is a hybrid being, made possible through sympathizing with the abject other. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University Of Chicago Press en
dc.relation.uri https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/693553
dc.rights © 2017, by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Monstrative en
dc.subject Performative Acts en
dc.subject Becoming-monster en
dc.subject Feminist en
dc.title Rape and the (animal) other: making monsters in J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
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dc.identifier.journaltitle Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society en


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