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“Like a Dog”: J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace and Feminist Ecocriticism

Yalan Chang

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Based on the debate between animal studies and animality studies, this essay builds on current ecofeministecofeminism, particularly a branch called feminist ecocriticism, focusing on theorization oftheorizing the ethics of care and critique of rights-based approach, to and analyzes J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace. It then focuses on Carol Adams’s “absent referent,” Josephine Donovan’s “thing in itself” and Greta Gaard’s vegetarian ecofeminism to see how sexism, racism, speciesism are intertwined in the post-apartheid South Africa. It concludes by discussing the significant meanings of the male protagonist David Lurie’s “becoming animal,” which is contestable from the perspective of feminist ecocriticism.

Keywords : J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace, ecofeminism, feminist ecocriticism, animal studies
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