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Post- Apartheid South Africa and Patterns of Violence in J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace  

Proceedings of Research Papers Presented At The National Research Seminar In English On “Widening Canvas Of Literature” Held On 03rd And 04th December, 2015

Mrs. Madhavi Sharma

M.Phil English Literature

School of Comparative Languages

Indore (M.P)

Abstract

J.M. Coetzee is one of the South African writers to bring global attention to the condition of South Africa after apartheid. In Disgrace Coetzee highlighted the overwhelming internal pressures exerted on the new South African society by centuries of apartheid and the wider legacy of colonialism, just as he explored the volatile explosive history of the post apartheid era wherein total anarchy has replaced the old opracist forces. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate that J.M Coetzee in Disgrace had tried to rectify the popular misconception of a post-apartheid South African nation. Coetzee had viewed post-apartheid violence in South Africa not only as a result of political shortcomings but also of historical, economic, social, geographical and global circumstances since political change alone cannot magically transform the plight of a country caught in chaotic aftermath of centuries of racial oppression. The study concludes that for Coetzee the hope of a post-apartheid South Africa that is free, just and prosperous lies in a gradual ensemble of efforts furnished by both South African and Non-South African citizens in a global context because any egocentric or precipitated drive for instantaneous solutions only generates violence as demonstrated by the characters in the novel under study.           

Keywords: Apartheid, Post-Apartheid, Violence, Globalization, Hope.

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Post- Apartheid South Africa and Patterns of Violence in J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace

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