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Redefining ‘Worlds’: the writerly ethics in the trailing temporality of J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace

Narasimha Rao Kedari

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Department of English, Vikrama Simhapuri University, Nellore – 524 003, Andhra Pradesh, India

SpringerPlus 2013, 2:143  doi:10.1186/2193-1801-2-143

Published: 4 April 2013


South Africa going to second democratic elections saw two path-breaking works exploring disgraceful crimes and emotional commotions in an intriguing era. One is J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace (1999) and Andre Brink’s The Rights of Desire (2000). The Protagonists of both the works are middle-aged caught in the noose of Eros and are seen resisting the change of tides and resigned to the fateful happenings in store for them. The novel portrays the transitional apprehensions of the whites, the power-wielders of the yester- years to adapt to the syndrome of power withdrawal and deprivation. The story depicts individual self-denigration in a changed political environment dictating a code of moral uprightness and ethics. The redeeming consolation of comic, grotesque and lunatic overtures that Beckett ingeniously provides in his fiction do not find a place in Coetzee. Instead Coetzee forces his readers to look into ineluctable gaps that mark the narration.