Reck 2010 Sins

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Author: Casey M. Reck

Title: Laying Bare the Sins of the Father

Subtitle: Exploring White Fathers in Post-Apartheid Literature

Thesis: Senior Thesis, Claremont McKenna College

Year: November 2010

Pages: 73pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | South African History | Representations: Literature / Mark Behr, J.M. Coetzee

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Link: Scholarship@Claremont (Free Access)

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Abstract: »This Thesis is an exploration of white fathers in three post-apartheid novels: Mark Behr's The Smell of Apples, Nadine Gordimer's The House Gun, and J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace. By examining the link between private white hegemonic masculinity and the apartheid government, the Thesis analyzes the transitional process as these men try to adopt less authoritative identities.« (Source: Scholarship@Claremont)


  Intro: For Better or for Worse
  Ch. 1: “Go on, Have a Bite”
  Ch. 2: “The Sins of the Father are to be Laid Upon the Children”
  Ch. 3: Breaking the Silence
  Conclusion: A Literary Commission
  Works Cited

Wikipedia: Mark Behr: The Smell of Apples; J. M. Coetzee: Disgrace (novel)

Added: February 28, 2015 – Last updated: February 28, 2015