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Waiting for Barbarian
• Name: Neha Mehta
• Roll No: 15
• Year: 2016
• Subject: The African Literature
• Submitted To: Smt....
About Author
John Maxwell Coetzee is a
novelist, essayist, translator
and recipient of the Nobel
prize in Literature.
• Waiting for Barbarians is all about “We” and
“Other”.
We
Other
Expansion
The novel is about such an empire that “must
expand, either by transforming the other,
wiping it from the face ...
Elimination
• The empire seeks to eliminate the very
"otherness" upon which its own existence
depends. The "other" must be...
• Borders are defended and attacked,
questioned and crossed, made to stand for
what is within and what is without.
• Borde...
• Colonel Joll tortures the old man the young
boy. The Magistrate is unable or unwilling to
to hear the screams coming fro...
• Her deformed tortured body actually
visualizes the deformed ideology of
imperialism which perceives her
other because of...
• Magistrate says,
“I ought never to have taken my lantern to
see what was going on in the hut by the
granary.
He think….
, "It has not escaped me that an interrogator
can wear two masks, speak with two voices,
one harsh, one seducti...
Joll has done to the Barbarian Girl and her
father, and by extension, what the Empire has
done to "the other".
Joll uses...
• The barbarian girl is voiceless and what has
happened to her remains a secret to the
Magistrate.
• She is the figure of ...
Comparison
The barbarian girl is voiceless and what has happened to her remains a
secret to the Magistrate.
She is the fig...
Signify
figuratively
literally
She lives
Thinks of us as visitors,
transients….That is what they are
thinking. That they will outlast us.”
Think of the country her...
as both desert nomads and
settled farmers
as both herdsmen and
fisher people
Both peaceful and warlike
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  1. 1. Waiting for Barbarian • Name: Neha Mehta • Roll No: 15 • Year: 2016 • Subject: The African Literature • Submitted To: Smt.S.B.Gardi Department of English Bhavnagar University
  2. 2. About Author John Maxwell Coetzee is a novelist, essayist, translator and recipient of the Nobel prize in Literature.
  3. 3. • Waiting for Barbarians is all about “We” and “Other”. We Other
  4. 4. Expansion The novel is about such an empire that “must expand, either by transforming the other, wiping it from the face of the earth”.  The novel deals with the nameless narrator governing the nameless Empire.  Here the Empire represents any and all empires and the barbarians are all cultures oppressed by colonization.
  5. 5. Elimination • The empire seeks to eliminate the very "otherness" upon which its own existence depends. The "other" must become the "enemy."
  6. 6. • Borders are defended and attacked, questioned and crossed, made to stand for what is within and what is without. • Borders are the great demarcation of a fatal dichotomy that has guided all of human history, the differentiation of US and THEM. Borders
  7. 7. • Colonel Joll tortures the old man the young boy. The Magistrate is unable or unwilling to to hear the screams coming from the granary hut. Torture
  8. 8. • Her deformed tortured body actually visualizes the deformed ideology of imperialism which perceives her other because of her “barbarian” identity. • Washing the traces away from the girl’s body which the torturer has left is impossible, but it is impossible too, to wash away the responsibility from the torturer’s hand.
  9. 9. • Magistrate says, “I ought never to have taken my lantern to see what was going on in the hut by the granary.
  10. 10. He think…. , "It has not escaped me that an interrogator can wear two masks, speak with two voices, one harsh, one seductive“.
  11. 11. Joll has done to the Barbarian Girl and her father, and by extension, what the Empire has done to "the other". Joll uses instruments of pain on the body, cutting into it, probing it to get the truth out of his victims.
  12. 12. • The barbarian girl is voiceless and what has happened to her remains a secret to the Magistrate. • She is the figure of the voiceless or unspeaking "other.“ Crime against Humanity
  13. 13. Comparison The barbarian girl is voiceless and what has happened to her remains a secret to the Magistrate. She is the figure of the voiceless or unspeaking "other.“
  14. 14. Signify figuratively literally She lives
  15. 15. Thinks of us as visitors, transients….That is what they are thinking. That they will outlast us.” Think of the country here as ours, part of our Empire—our outpost, our settlement, our market centre. “We” “Other” Difference
  16. 16. as both desert nomads and settled farmers as both herdsmen and fisher people Both peaceful and warlike
  • Charls29

    Jan. 21, 2018

The novel is about such an empire that “must expand, either by transforming the other, wiping it from the face of the earth”.

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