Nonverbal Means of Communication in Modern Literature: J. M. Coetzee’s Novel "The Master of Petersburg"

  • Liudmyla Harmash
  • Natalia Khalanska
  • Svitlana Melnyk
  • Iryna Razumenko
  • Tetyana Tyshchenko
Keywords: Coetzee, geste, kinema, Master of Petersburg, nonverbal communication


The article is devoted to the study of gestures as semiotic units of communication that perform certain functions, obeying certain laws. The task was to determine the main ways of encoding and decoding nonverbal behavior in a literary text. The study was conducted on the material of the prose of J. M. Coetzee, the famous writer and Nobel Laureate. The subject of the study is the verbal representation of the characters’ nonverbal behavior in his novel “The Master of Petersburg”. The aim of our study is to identify and analyze gestures in J. M. Coetzee’s work that act as markers of the characters’ emotional state, correlate with their psychological portraits, convey their feelings, experiences, and reveal their personal qualities.


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Harmash, L., Khalanska, N., Melnyk, S., Razumenko, I., & Tyshchenko, T. (2019). Nonverbal Means of Communication in Modern Literature: J. M. Coetzee’s Novel "The Master of Petersburg". Amazonia Investiga, 8(23), 252-258. Retrieved from