Beyond Empathy: Narrative Distancing and Ethics in Toni Morrison's Beloved and J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace

  title={Beyond Empathy: Narrative Distancing and Ethics in Toni Morrison's Beloved and J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace},
  author={Molly Abel Travis},
  journal={Journal of Narrative Theory},
  pages={231 - 250}
  • M. Travis
  • Published 1 July 2010
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  • Journal of Narrative Theory
In a 2006 New York Times Book Review survey, respondents chose Toni Morrison’s Beloved as the best work of American fiction in the last 25 years.1 Not to be outdone, a panel of British writers immediately followed with a selection of the best British and Commonwealth novel in the last quarter century: J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace.2 What these two novels have in common, besides being profound and beautifully written narratives by Nobel laureates, is that they confront historical traumas and… 
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