Tag Archives: South Africa

Ndebele’s Symbolism

Ndebele writes that “the visible symbols of the overwhelmingly oppressive South African social formation appear to have prompted over the years the development of a highly dramatic, highly demonstrative form of literary representation.” (143) He goes on to discuss the … Continue reading

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Judgment (Or Lack Thereof) In Disgrace

I was struck, while reading the Attridge article, by the offhand mentions to some of the most common criticisms of Disgrace – that readers see an implicit critique (or, at the very least, an undermining) of the new South Africa, … Continue reading

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Nonviolence

Disgrace was written in 1995, the year Nelson Mandela was elected. Of course temptation to take revenge on the white community was great. Crime rates in that period skyrocketed of course and many wealthy white people moved to gated communities. … Continue reading

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Redemption in Disgrace?

  How are we to understand the workings of grace in Coetzee’s Disgrace? In this narrative, David falls from grace for abusing his young student, Melanie. Although in my own reading I see his advances as violations of the girl’s … Continue reading

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From Krog to Coetzee

Antjie Krog’s Country of My Skull bears striking implications when read alongside J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace. While both texts take place in the mid-nineties and are told through the lens of Afrikaners, they concern themselves with different aspects of the immediate aftermath of … Continue reading

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Mbembe, “Decolonizing Knowledge and the Question of the Archive”

Welcome back from spring break, all.  The cruelty of the time change occurring as we transition back into the semester is… well, it’s cruel.  Hope you’re all getting through with some high-quality caffeine. A couple of things.  First and foremost: … Continue reading

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