Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Sonali Perera

Second Advisor

Jeremy Glick

Academic Program Adviser

Amy Robbins


This thesis expands upon Achille Mbembe's theory on necropower and death-worlds to incorporate the consideration of gender. This is done using the lens of violence against women during South African apartheid and through an examination of two novels: Zoë Wicomb's David's Story and J.M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians.



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