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A Higher Life: A Postcolonialist Analysis of Coetzee's Disgrace
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

J M Coetzee’s Disgrace deals with race and power in contemporary, post-colonial South Africa. This prize-winning novel is written after the country's first all-race elections, in 1994. It has therefore most often been analyzed as a representative for the writing of the new South Africa, where the social problems relating binary oppositions such as black – white, native – immigrant, powerless – powerful, are stressed. More specifically the shift of power within the above mentioned pairs is in focus. This is also the case for this essay, but instead of analyzing the realistic elements in the book it will examine the imaginary complexity of the opera Byron in Italy, which is created by the protagonist, David Lurie. This essay aims to widen the concept of “native” regarding post-colonial theory by looking at the peculiarity of Lurie’s situation; him being a representative of the white population in South Africa. By using post-colonial theory this essay aims at showing that Lurie can be seen as a white native, and that his process of writing the opera can be seen as symbolizing the evolutionary phases a colonized nation goes through in order to develop a national culture, as described by Franz Fanon.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun, 2008. , 23 p.
Keyword [en]
Post-colonialism, Fanon, Disgrace, Byron
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-3898OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:3898DiVA: diva2:518624
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2009-04-01 Created: 2009-04-01 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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