Journal of Literary Studies

Journal of Literary Studies is a magazine specializing in Literature topics.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 4, December

A Zombie Apocalypse: Opening Representational Spaces for Alternative Constructions of Gender and Sexuality
Summary Zombies have become an increasingly common figure in contemporary cultural landscapes around the world and South Africa is no exception. While scholars have tended to shy away from engaging with post-apocalyptic zombie fiction, this has...
Bram Stoker's Dracula as Saviour: Nietzschean Reading
Summary Brain Stoker's Count Dracula is traditionally and popularly regarded as the villain of Stoker's classic 1898 novel. Drawing on Nietzsche's theories on power and morality, as well as on existing theories on late-Victorian England and on the...
"In This Wound of Life ...": Dystopias and Dystopian Tropes in Chenjerai Hove's Red Hills of Home
Summary This article is a reading of Chenjerai Hove's poetry volume Red Hills of Home (1985) as a dystopia. It locates this text within the context of the evolving postcolonial realities of the first decade of Zimbabwe's independence. It argues...
Miguel De Cervantes and J.M. Coetzee: An Unacknowledged Paternity
Summary This article points to the 17th-century Spanish writer, Miguel de Cervantes, as one important literary predecessor of the contemporary South African writer, J.M. Coetzee, a relation that has generally passed unnoticed among critics. This...
"Significant Silences" and the Politics of National Reconciliation in Chater's Crossing the Boundary Fence
Summary The article explores Patricia Chater's Crossing the Boundary Fence (1988) within the framework of Macherey's (1978) concept of "significant silences". I argue that in her representation of the decolonisation of Zimbabwe, the writer circumvents...
"What Used to Lie outside the Frame": Boundaries of Photography, Subjectivity and Fiction in Three Novels by J.M. Coetzee
Summary The concept of frame and its inherent tensions, as addressed by contemporary thinking, is the theoretical focus of this article, which examines representations of photography in three of J.M. Coetzee's novels (Dusklands ([1974]1983), Age...