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Title:Disgrace, displacement and reparation in J.M. Coetzee's 'Disgrace'
Author:Yitah, Helen
Year:2008
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Volume:24
Issue:1
Pages:27-36
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:novels
literary criticism
literature
Disgrace (title)
Reparation in literature
Displacement (Psychology) in literature
About person:John Michael Coetzee (1940-)ISNI
Abstract:This paper argues that the postapartheid South Africa that is represented in J.M Coetzee's 'Disgrace' (1999) is a metaphorical borderland where, as with the intractable Eastern Cape border where colonialism was both imposed and opposed, there is no clear cut distinction between self and other. The paper explores the concept of boundary blurring as a route to re-reading the issue of reparation in the novel, focusing mainly on the boundary of the Eastern Cape as a landscape with a fraught history and a space in which identities are formed and transformed across the boundaries of age, gender and race. It also examines the character Lucy, a liberal white lesbian, as a 'boundary figure' that dismantles regnant ideals and expectations. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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