The Young, the Old, and David Lurie

It is universally accepted that, at the age of fifty-two, men should be courting women of similar ages. However, David Lurie, the protagonist of J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, does not comply with these standards. He is absolutely infatuated with women in their twenties, his college students, and young schoolgirls as well. Not only is he … Read moreThe Young, the Old, and David Lurie

Defining David Lurie Through His Self-Assessment

The view that David Lurie is “not a bad man but not good either” is a reduction of a provocative character. Disgrace explores compelling political issues ranging from post-Apartheid South Africa to moral paternalism, and David’s placement in the ambiguous boundaries of this context makes him difficult to interpret. Critics condemned Coetzee for aggravating racial … Read moreDefining David Lurie Through His Self-Assessment

Family Relationships in White Teeth, Disgrace and Things Fall Apart

By comparing White Teeth with at least one other appropriate text, explore the presentation of family and family relationships in postcolonial literature.The ‘metanarrative’ of Zadie Smith’s White Teeth differs from the direct linear narrative of other postcolonial texts such as Things Fall Apart and Disgrace. The metanarrative of White Teeth presents the strains and fragmentation … Read moreFamily Relationships in White Teeth, Disgrace and Things Fall Apart

Redistribution of Wealth, Power, and Narrative Focus in Disgrace

Disgrace, by J.M Coetzee, is a deceivingly short book. On the surface it looks like a simple personal narrative, but it is much more complex than that. The novel not only deals with the delicate matter of rape, it also examines the intricate racial complexities of a new post-apartheid South Africa. Encompassing all these themes … Read moreRedistribution of Wealth, Power, and Narrative Focus in Disgrace