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J.M. Coetzee and the NovelWriting and Politics after Beckett$
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Patrick Hayes

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587957

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587957.001.0001

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‘Is this the right image of our nation?’ Disgrace and the Seriousness of the Novel

‘Is this the right image of our nation?’ Disgrace and the Seriousness of the Novel

(p.194) 7 ‘Is this the right image of our nation?’ Disgrace and the Seriousness of the Novel
J.M. Coetzee and the Novel

Patrick Hayes (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the way Coetzee engages with another dimension of the form of the novel—the way in which it can be used to represent the deepest concerns of a nation state. With close reference to the aims of the new constitution, it shows that post‐apartheid South Africa places a complex demand on its future by its insistence that both interpretations of the ideal of equal recognition—both the difference‐based demand for social justice, and the concept of abstract human equality—must have a formative influence on its politics. Coetzee responds with great subtlety to the questions posed by the new nation state: this chapter argues for the political importance of the way Disgrace disrupts the surface seriousness of novelistic representation, not least through its extensive portrayal of animal life.

Keywords:   nation state, constitution, post‐apartheid, South Africa, equal recognition, social justice, animal life

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