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Dogs, horses, and red herrings: The animal in J. M. Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus

Abstract:
J. M. Coetzees fiction has variously spoken to the idea of the animal, particularly through the figure of the dog, as an object of human empathy. This empathetic engagement with the animal has implications for the relationships between human beings. However, in The Childhood of Jesus (2013), we see a conceptual shift in which the animal is used to explore an oppositional binary that could loosely be described as the corporeal versus the otherworldly or spiritual.
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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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10.1080/00111619.2015.1046589

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St Anne's College
Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction Journal website
Volume:
57
Issue:
2
Pages:
217-227
Publication date:
2016-02-16
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EISSN:
1939-9138
ISSN:
0011-1619
Pubs id:
pubs:610106
URN:
uri:20203c41-4ca8-4a34-bea7-fe9f791d845b
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uuid:20203c41-4ca8-4a34-bea7-fe9f791d845b
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pubs:610106

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