Black Peril VS White Peril: A Post Colonial Criticism on J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace

A. Beiranvand, C. Z. Liena


In post apartheid South Africa insecurity and rape of women are serious problems. Some Whites consider blacks as chief culprits and their media cover cases of black peril sensationally. However, the essay suggests that rape is an interracial problem and has nothing to do with colour; Moreover, the essay suggests that the sexualisation of women and insecurity is rooted in the colonization era.


Black Peril; White peril; post apartheid South Africa; Colonization


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