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“Becoming Men” and Animal Sacrifice: Contemporary Literary Examples

  • Josephine Donovan
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature book series (PSAAL)

Abstract

In J. M. Coetzee’s first published work, “The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee,” a novella in Dusklands (1974), the protagonist, a colonial explorer in eighteenth-century Africa (and an ancestor of the writer), prides himself on his slaughter of animals. “I move through the wilderness with my gun … I leave behind me a mountain of skin, bones, inedible gristle and excrement” (79). Such slaughter, he argues, enables his “salvation”: “The death of the hare is the logic of salvation … The death of the hare is my metaphysical meat” (79 emphasis added). Animal sacrifice is thus construed as indispensable to the establishment and survival of the masculine, imperial self.

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Water Buffalo Figurative Language Animal Sacrifice Animal Shelter Ritual Sacrifice 
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