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Male-male relationships in J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace

M. Crous
Literator | Vol 27, No 2 | a191 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v27i2.191 | © 2006 M. Crous | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 July 2006 | Published: 30 July 2006

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M. Crous, Department of English, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Kochin (2002:8) makes the following interesting observation regarding the life of the main character, David Lurie, in Coetzee’s novel, “Disgrace” (1999), and his observation will be explored in detail when analysing the novel, and in particular the presentation of masculinities: “Lurie has no relationship of depth with men. His one effort is with Isaacs, Melanie’s father, and seems to be more of a quest for the sources of Melanie’s beauty than the expression of a desire for friendship with a man.” The focus of my investigation is on male-male relationships and the way in which they impact on the other characters in the novel. What contribution does the novel make to the debate on masculinity within the context of South African literary studies?


JM Coetzee; Disgrace; Male Friendships; Male-Male Relationships; Masculinity


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