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Author: Mary LeBlanc

Title: Hushed Resolve, Reticence, and Rape in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace

Subtitle: -

Journal: Philosophy and Literature

Volume: 41

Issue: 1

Year: April 2017

Pages: 158-168

ISSN: 0190-0013 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1086-329X – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | African History: South African History | Representations: Literary Texts / J.M. Coetzee; Victims: Silence


Link: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)


Abstract: »Select secondary literature regarding J. M. Coetzee's novel Disgrace frames Lucy Lurie's response to rape, or the apparent lack thereof, as a passive collusion with the degrading message of rape's native violence. In this essay, I deconstruct such a reading by exposing its conceptual prejudices regarding silence, agency, public speech, and the preemptive use of abstract terms. Taking Lucy's reticence as the guiding clue, I offer an alternative conceptual language to elucidate her hushed resolve and proactive silence.« (Source: Philosophy and Literature)

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