Projection of Women in Disgrace
Lucy Lurie: An Emblem of Resistance
Abstract: J. M. Coetzee’s novel Disgrace mainly focuses on the violent coexistence of the blacks and the whites in South Africa. A parallel theme, however, that runs through the novel shows the women Characters of the novel as yet another inferior race biologically vulnerable. This process of subjugation basically rests on the view that women are physical entities before anything else which puts emphasis on their sexual role over everything else. The central consciousness of the novel David Lurie retains that the female body of women matters more than the spirit inside. Seen through his eyes, the women in this novel appear to be entities whose identities are constructed by an onlooker rather than by themselves. This questionable construction of identity not only proves women to be vulnerable but also proves them as people whose bodily existence overshadows their cerebral faculties. The characters are projected as being acted upon in the context of the novel. Again, the issue of the representation of women shares an intricate fabric of a broader social and cultural perspective with other issues like their position and empowerment. This projection, however, is proved to be dubious through Lucy Lurie, one major female character of the novel who successfully creates an independent self-defying construction of herself. This article focuses on the representation of women it Disgrace along with the resistance against this representation offered by Lucy.
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Published in Fall 2010-11