Bodies and Voices: The Force- Field of Representation and by Mereta Falck Borch, Eva Rask Knudsen, Martin Leer

By Mereta Falck Borch, Eva Rask Knudsen, Martin Leer

A wide-ranging number of essays concentrated 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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24 Lucy’s position has been fairly clear from the start, 22 Zoë Wicomb, David’s Story (New York: Feminist Press, 2000): 80. Further page references are in the main text. 23 In addition, the suffering bodies of animals play an important role in the novel. M. Coetzee, Disgrace (London: Secker & Warburg, 1999): 62. Further page references are in the main text. ½Š¾ Martyred Bodies and Silenced Voices 13 since she told her own father: “You shouldn’t be so unbending, David. It isn’t heroic to be unbending” (66).

Who? Is it you put it in my head? The terrible things happening to Dulcie? It’s here, in close-up – and he stumbles to his feet with a horrible cry, knocking me over as he charges out” (201). In other words, does David’s anguish reveal his own participation in Dulcie’s torture? And what is to be made of the fleeting, unexpected vision of Dulcie washing blood from her hands? Did she also participate in torturing? There seems to be no end to the cycle of violence and suspicion, so that the very allusiveness of the book suggests the difficulty there still is in reconstructing the garbled, painful history of South Africa.

The young man has apparently been involved in politics and may have been a victim of the South African Special Branch. Mrs Brink realizes fairly soon that the authorities are not particularly willing to elucidate the circumstances of her son’s death. ”3 What hurts her most is to be faced with “an absence,” “a nothing” (489), so that what she calls “the missing person” (489) becomes the marker of a pain she would like to be mitigated by the concrete existence of a real corpse, but to no avail. In addition, the more she tries to pierce the mystery surrounding the body, the more she is distressed by the enigmatic codes of this strange 2 Nadine Gordimer, “Six Feet of the Country” (1956), in South African Short Stories, ed.

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