“We are all souls”: Dogs, dog-wo/men and borderlands in Coetzee and Tyulkin

  • Henrietta Mondry University of Canterbury, Canterbury
Keywords: borderlands, dog-man, heterotopia, marginality


Examining the notion of “dog-men” in Coetzee’s Disgrace and Tyulkin’s documentary Not about Dogs, I argue that when the main characters become dog-men and dog-women they share with dogs the status of subaltern border-creatures. I view the spaces in the Eastern Cape and eastern Kazakhstan as borderlands which parallel the mythic lands of Dog-men from White’s anthropological study Myths of the Dog-man. These spaces of human-dog interactions, in turn, relate to Foucauldian heterotopias as sites that establish alternative modes of power relations.

Author Biography

Henrietta Mondry, University of Canterbury, Canterbury

Henrietta Mondry is Professor in the Department of Global, Languages and
Cultural Studies, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.


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