Disgrace of Stereotypical Ambivalence: A Postcolonial Perspective on J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace

Min WANG, Xiaoyan TANG


The study is an attempt to clarify the thematic misgivings J. M. Coetzee’s Booker Prize winning novel Disgrace has aroused by having a detailed discussion on the protagonist David Lurie, his stereotypical ambivalence and his disgrace, so as to reveal that under Coetzee’s lucid and evasive language, he intends to disclose the secret of disgrace for the whites in the new South Africa after the collapse of the apartheid system.

Key words: David Lurie; Disgrace; Stereotypical ambivalence


David Lurie; Disgrace; Stereotypical ambivalence


Ashcroft Bill, Gareth Griffiths, & Helen Tiffin (1989). The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-Colonial Literatures (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.

Attridge, Derek (2000). Age of Bronze, State of Grace: Music and Dogs in Coetzee’s Disgrace. Novel, 34(1), 98-123.

Barnard, Rita (2003). J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace and the South Africa Pastoral. Contemporary Literature, 14(2), 199-224.

Barney, Richard A. (2004). Between Swift and Kafka: Animals and the Politics of Coetzee’s Elusive Fiction. World Literature Today, January-April, 17-23.

Bhabha, Homi K. (1994). The Location of Culture. London: Routledge.

Childs, Peter, & Williams, R. J. Patrick (1997). An Introduction to Post-Colonial Theory. London: Prentice Hall.

Coetzee, J. M. (1999). Disgrace. London: Secker and Warburg.

Gitzen, Julian (1993). The Voice of History in the Novels of J. M. Coetzee. Critique, 35(1), 3-15.

Mallaby, Sebastian (1992). After Apartheid: The Future of South Africa. New York: Random House.

Morphet, Tony (2004). Reading Coetzee in South Africa. World Literature Today, January-April, 14-6.

Sarvan, Charles (2004). Disgrace: A Path to Grace? World Literature Today, January-April, 26-9.

Theissen, Gunnar (1996). Between Acknowledgements and Ignorance: How White South Africans Have Dealt with the Apartheid Past. Johannesburg: Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. Retrieved from http://www.wits.ac.za/csvr

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/n


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c)

Share us to:   


Online Submissionhttp://cscanada.org/index.php/sll/submission/wizard


How to do online submission to another Journal?

If you have already registered in Journal A, then how can you submit another article to Journal B? It takes two steps to make it happen:

1. Register yourself in Journal B as an Author

Find the journal you want to submit to in CATEGORIES, click on “VIEW JOURNAL”, “Online Submissions”, “GO TO LOGIN” and “Edit My Profile”. Check “Author” on the “Edit Profile” page, then “Save”.

2. Submission

Go to “User Home”, and click on “Author” under the name of Journal B. You may start a New Submission by clicking on “CLICK HERE”.

We only use three mailboxes as follows to deal with issues about paper acceptance, payment and submission of electronic versions of our journals to databases: caooc@hotmail.com; sll@cscanada.net; sll@cscanada.org

 Articles published in Studies in Literature and Language are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY).


Address: 1055 Rue Lucien-L'Allier, Unit #772, Montreal, QC H3G 3C4, Canada.
Telephone: 1-514-558 6138 
Website: Http://www.cscanada.net; Http://www.cscanada.org 
E-mailoffice@cscanada.net; office@cscanada.org; caooc@hotmail.com

Copyright © 2010 Canadian Academy of Oriental and Occidental Culture