TROPES OF DISABILITIES, MOTIFS OF SURVIVAL IN JOHN MAXWELL COETZEE’S AGE OF IRON AND DISGRACE

TROPES OF DISABILITIES, MOTIFS OF SURVIVAL IN JOHN MAXWELL COETZEE’S AGE OF IRON AND DISGRACE

Authors

  • Kayode Niyi Afolayan Department of English University of Ilorin
  • Olushola Ayodeji Akanmode Directorate of University-Wide Courses Landmark University, Omu-Aran

Keywords:

Maxwell Coetzee, tropes,, motif,, atonement,, healing

Abstract

Readers and critics of South African Literature, until 1990, are very familiar with the
literature of that country which gave due attention to the malaises of chronic racial abuses
and other vices that prevailed while the apartheid system subsisted. With the official closure
of that regime in 1994, the engagement naturally diverts to the survival of a nation that
was coming out of decades of social injuries and strife. This paper, in an intertextual study
of Age of Iron (1990) and Disgrace (1999), picks out John Maxwell Coetzee as one of the
writers of South Africa descent that has responded to the experiences of the nation in the
aftermath of the apartheid experience. The paper interrogates Coetzee’s uses of tropes and
motifs in his concern about the survival of his nation in the nascent post-apartheid era as
reflected in his mirroring of the crimes of apartheid and its ramified consequences. After
isolating the diverse tropes deployed by the novelist to objectify the inhuman experience
and the consequent personal and national traumas of that era, the paper concludes by
aggregating the tenets of acceptance, forgiveness, and atonement as core indispensable
values for a nation in search of healing.

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Published

14-11-2022

How to Cite

Kayode Niyi Afolayan, & Olushola Ayodeji Akanmode. (2022). TROPES OF DISABILITIES, MOTIFS OF SURVIVAL IN JOHN MAXWELL COETZEE’S AGE OF IRON AND DISGRACE. SOKOTO JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND LINGUISTICS (SJOLLL), 2(1), 51–64. Retrieved from https://sjolll.org.ng/index.php/sjolll/article/view/19
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