n Institute of African Studies Research Review - Disgrace, displacement and reparation in J.M Coetzee's

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0855-4412



In this paper I argue that the post apartheid South Africa that is represented in is a metaphorical borderland where, as with the intractable Eastern Cape border where colonialism was both imposed and opposed, there is no clear cut distinction between self and other. I explore the concept of boundary blurring as a route to re-reading the issue of reparation in the novel, focusing mainly on the boundary of the Eastern Cape as a landscape with a fraught history and a space in which identities are formed and transformed across the boundaries of age, gender and race. I also examine Lucy, a liberal white lesbian, as a "boundary figure" that dismantles regnant ideals and expectations.

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