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y Disgrace single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1999... 1999
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After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours; he is denounced and summoned before a committee of inquiry. Willing to admit his guilt, but refusing to yield to pressure to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to his daughter Lucy's isolated smallholding. For a time, his daughter's influence and the natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life. But the balance of power in the country is shifting. He and Lucy become victims of a savage and disturbing attack which brings into relief all the faultlines in their relationship.' (Publisher's blurb)

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form y Disgrace Anna-Maria Monticelli , Australia : Sherman Films Whitest Pouring Films Fortissimo Films , 2007 Z1410365 2007 single work film/TV 'Professor David Lurie's life falls apart after he has an impulsive affair with one of his students. Forced to resign from the university he escapes to his daughter's farm. The relationship is tested when they both become victims of a vicious attack.' Source: www.afc.gov.au/ (Sighted 21/07/2007).

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  • Other formats: Also large print, sound recording, e-book.

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      ISBN: 0436204894, 9780436204890
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      ISBN: 9780099563129, 0099563126
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      • Includes an introduction by Christopher Hope.
Alternative title: In ongenade
Language: Dutch
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      Series: y XL The Hague : Stichting Uitgeverij XL , 1994 7962272 1994 series - publisher novel

      A series of large-print books published by Stichting Uitgeverij XL. Translations of J. M. Coetzee's novels feature in this series.

      Number in series: 696
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      Edition info: 13th ed.
      ISBN: 9059364562, 9789059364561

Works about this Work

The 'Burnt Offerings' : Confession and Sacrifice in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace Margaret Herrick , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature and Theology , March vol. 30 no. 1 2016; (p. 82-98)

'Following Alyda Faber’s terminology in her 2005 essay on the novel, I argue that Coetzee works out, in Disgrace , a ‘post-secular’ ethics. My reading of this ‘post-secular’ ethics, however, differs substantially from Faber’s. For me, the novel is grounded in a profound awe in the face of the world, other creatures and the body, an awe in the face of what we might call ‘the real’, ‘being’ or even ‘the Incarnation’. The world, ‘the real’, ‘the Incarnation’, is associated, in the text, with a kind of earthly grace and even with a Christ figure but is distanced from any kind of transcendent divinity. It is everything there is, and yet is largely inaccessible to intellection. This vision of the world is not a Christian one in any orthodox sense, but it is not a secular vision either and certainly not a humanist one. It is a vision in which the world, our earthly world, with its human beings and, as another Coetzee character, Elizabeth Costello reminds us, frogs, is itself a terrible mystery too vast for human minds to grasp. 3 In this article I formulate an understanding of this vision of ‘the world’ or of ‘being’ by tracing Coetzee’s use of the tropes of confession and sacrifice in his novel. Through David Lurie’s perspective, Coetzee grapples with these concepts both in their original religious mean- ings and in their translated secular versions, but in Lucy’s character, he man- ages to suggest a movement out the other side into ‘post-secular’ possibilities.' (Abstract)

Letter to John Coetzee Michelle Cahill , 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts , February vol. 4 no. 1 2016; (p. 45-48)
A letter from Melanie Isaacs, a character from Coetzee's Disgrace, to her author.
Awakening to Darkness Lu Jiande , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , October 2015;
y Sympathy for the Animal(ized) Other in Selected Works of J. M. Coetzee On Yue Joyce Chan , Hong Kong : 2015 8424922 2015 single work thesis

'Sympathy, understood to be the capacity to suffer with the other, has long been regarded as one of the major vehicles to inspire an ethical communion. By minimizing differences through identification, sympathy helps us resonate with other beings and to exist in relation to them. This thesis examines the ethical endeavors on the vexed question of sympathy in four works by J. M. Coetzee - - The Lives of Animals (1999), Disgrace (1999), Elizabeth Costello (2003) and Slow Man (2005), all of which manifest Coetzee's notable interest in a fully-engaged sympathetic imagination into depraved and deprived human or nonhuman subjects. ' (Thesis summary)

'Playing It by the Book' : The Rule of Law in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace Michelle Kelly , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Research in African Literatures , vol. 46 no. 1 2015; (p. 160-178)
'Lucy Lurie's rejection of legal avenues of redress is perhaps the most notable and inscrutable twist in J. M. Coetzee's 1999 novel Disgrace. In contrast, her father, David Lurie, is the only character in the novel to seek the protection of 'the law' explicitly, first in challenging the procedures of the university committee charged with investigating his relationship with Melanie Isaacs and, later, in the aftermath of the attack at his daughter's farm. There, his investment in 'the law' stands in opposition to the perceived lawless, 'anthropological' world of the Eastern Cape (118). This essay will focus on what is invoked - and renounced - in the name of 'the law' in Disgrace, showing the range and specificity with which the law is depicted in the novel and offering, as a result, a context in which to locate Lucy's rejection of legal avenues of redress. Building on critical accounts of the novel's engagement with specific legal frameworks and institutions, the essay will argue that this must be considered as part of the novel's wider preoccupation with the legal architecture of the post-apartheid state, with the cultural and popular basis of legality more generally, its colonial and apartheid legacy, and the protection that the law can offer to women in particular. Disgrace engages directly with the enormous investment in the rule of law in post-apartheid South Africa, the essay argues, not by conjuring up an image of post-apartheid South Africa as lawless, but by questioning the liberal construction of the law as pure, universal, rational - the medium above all in which difference can be transacted. Close attention to the workings of the law in Disgrace reveals an acute concern on the part of Coetzee with the practical implementation of the transition to democracy in South Africa, the legacy of colonial and apartheid modes of governance inscribed within it, and the neoliberal present that shapes it.' (Publication abstract)
The Personal Pilgrimage of David Lurie-or Why Coetzee's Disgrace Should and Should Not Be Read in Terms of an Ethics of Perception Nora Hämäläinen , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Partial Answers : Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas , June vol. 11 no. 2 2013; (p. 233-255)

'Through a reading of J. M. Coetzee's novel Disgrace this paper discusses the contemporary genre of reading literature in terms of an 'ethics of perception.' In the fourteen years since its publication the novel has elicited a rich body of commentary and criticism with an ethical edge, often focusing on the unfolding vision or stunted but developing perceptiveness of its uneasy protagonist David Lurie. This path of criticism is paradigmatic of a broader interest in studying literary works as paths to moral philosophical illumination. I discuss how the novel yields to this kind of reading, but also how this path of reading is complicated by its various other features, above all, a plurality of values that may be hard to reconcile and a Christian perspective of grace which is played against the novels secular, intellectual perspective on perceptiveness. I argue that reading Disgrace in terms of any pre-given ethical formula, however compelling, may be problematic considering the nature of Coetzee's authorship.' (Author's abstract)

Towards an Ethics of Sensation in Coetzee's Disgrace Suzie Gibson , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature and Sensation 2009; (p. 184-193)
Miguel de Cervantes and J.M. Coetzee : An Unacknowledged Paternity María J. López , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Literary Studies , vol. 29 no. 4 2013; (p. 80-97)
'This article points to the 17th-century Spanish writer, Miguel de Cervantes, as one important literary predecessor of the contemporary South African writer, J.M. Coetzee, a relation that has generally passed unnoticed among critics. This relation is brought to the foreground in Coetzee’s most recent novel, The Childhood of Jesus (2013), but it also underlies his previous ones, Age of Iron (1998), Disgrace (2000), and Slow Man (2005), as well as his critical pieces, “The Novel Today” (1988) and the “Jerusalem Prize Acceptance Speech” (1992b), all of which contain echoes of Cervantes’s masterpiece, Don Quixote ([1605, 1615]2005). My argument is that the conflict between imagination and reality, the novel and history, central in Coetzee’s fictional and non-fictional production, needs to be re-examined as a fundamentally Cervantine one. The adventures and fate of Don Quixote lie behind Coetzee’s exploration of whether literature may be an effective and ethical guide in our dealings with reality, whether the ordinary may be transformed into the extraordinary, and of the relation between the literary imagination and the onslaughts of the real world.' (Publisher's blurb)
Feeling, Affect, Exposure : Ethical (In)capacity, the Sympathetic Imagination, and J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace Philip Dickinson , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Mosaic , December vol. 46 no. 4 2013; (p. 1-19)
'This essay considers the role of feeling and affect in theories of the sympathetic imagination through readings of Martha Nussbaum, Geoffrey Hartman, and J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace. I explore how the sympathetic imagination is irreducibly contaminated by unstable affective states that threaten its viability as a humanist ethic. (Publication abstract)
Literary Studies, The Animal Turn, and the Academy Jennifer McDonell , 2013 single work
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , vol. 32 no. 4 2013; (p. 6-14)

‘The rapidly growing field of human-animal studies (HAS) is a vibrant, varied domain of methodological convergences and divergences, united by a shared concern with studying the complex entanglement of human and animal lives. To think seriously about animals on their own terms is to begin to question the co-construction of the categories of the human and the animal that underpins human the animal that underpins human exceptionalism. Unpicking the human/animal binary, however, is no simple matter: not only is this construction unstable but as prisoners of human language we also have a tendency to reinstate it even as we think we challenge it. This paper will provide an analysis of significant developments and preoccupations in the field of literary HAS. Some of the most vexing questions within this area will be contextualised by way of reference to the Bandit and Michael Vick cases in the US and J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, in particular scenes depicting David Laurie’s encounter with unwanted dogs at an animal shelter.’ (Publication abstract)

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