To Speak or Not to Speak: An Encounter with J. M. Coetzee's Foe

  • Laura Tansley University of Glasgow


For critics and authors, there has always been a tension between silence and voicing experience. My concern, as both author and critic is: What does it mean to speak or to be, not remain, silent; what are the consequences of voicing experience or choosing, rather than being forced, to be quiet? Through J. M. Coetzee’s Foe (1988), I hope to interrogate the tension between silence and voice and discover why, sometimes, silence is appealing.
How to Cite
Tansley, Laura. 2009. “To Speak or Not to Speak: An Encounter With J. M. Coetzee’s Foe”. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts, no. 09 (December).