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The Outsider and the 'Other' in Life & Times of Michael K: A Postcolonial Reading
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay discusses the roles of the outsider and the 'other' in the novel Life & Times of Michael K, published in 1983, by J.M. Coetzee through a postcolonial reading with perspectives borrowed from narrative analysis. The protagonist Michael K is an 'other' in the eyes of the other characters in the novel and this perception is further enhanced by the narrative situation. In addition to being the 'other', and thereby deprived of power, Michael K transforms himself into an outsider. This essay claims that by being the outsider the protagonist Michael K becomes empowered.

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2012. , 28 p.
Keyword [en]
Coetzee, Michael K, outsider, 'other', postcolonialism, narrative identity, power
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-16914OAI: diva2:480269
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International Administration Programme with foreign language, 180 credits
2012-01-13, 16:06 (English)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-02-07 Created: 2012-01-19 Last updated: 2012-02-07Bibliographically approved

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