Inter-Racial and Intra-Racial relationships in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace


  • Dr. S. Akilandeshwari Assistant Professor of English Avvaiyar Government College for Women Karaikal


A human society is always developing through the persistent relationship among people, because of sharing of the same political and cultural denomination. A society can also consist of like-minded people governed by their own norms and values within a dominant or larger group. So there arise conflicts and contradictions, because of racial, sexual, cultural and political discriminations. The social relationship based on race is further divided into two types: inter-racial and intra-racial relationships. Those kinds of relationships are further kindling the fire of conflicts and contradictions among the people. The race relationships involve with convergence and divergence evolves with some kind of ethics which is not a fixed presence. Therefore, this research article tries to bring out, how J.M. Coetzee deals with the ethical responsibility of ‘Otherness’, social, sexual, cultural and political condition of South Africa, through the way of humanism, inter-racial and intra-racial relationships with specific reference to the novel Disgrace. It also revealed through the sufferings of the oppressed ‘Others’ and unconscious desire of the ‘self’. Disgrace deals with the sexual abuse of both the black and the white women in a varied social situation. This article also tries to prove that, this world is full of relativism, but in which, there is no fixed ethical responsibility to everyone in the society in which they belong.


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Akilandeshwari, D. S. (2018). Inter-Racial and Intra-Racial relationships in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 6(7), 13. Retrieved from