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Volume 2 Issue 12

September 2015

Apartheid, Oppression, Counter-Violence: A Foucauldian Reading of J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace
Mr. Sandeep Kumar Sharma, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
Punjabi University, 
Patiala, Punjab, India
Abstract
J. M. Coetzee is generally considered as one of the most renowned and celebrated writers who is known for the realistic portrayal of South Africa both during and after apartheid. This paper is focused on the relevance of Foucauldian concept of Power/Knowledge Discourse in the Booker Prize winner and Nobel Laureate John Maxwell Coetzee's renowned masterpiece Disgrace. Coetzee presents a complex account of the interrelationship between eros, the body and disgrace in the novel. Power represses and distorts the identity of an individual and the search for identity and the dynamics of power operate throughout this novel and make the individuals universal beyond the African situation. The novel faithfully depicts the white minority on the verge of extinction both ideologically and physically.
Keywords
Disgrace; Oppression; Rape; Power; Apartheid; Post-apartheid.
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