publication . Book . 2009

Like a dog: constitutionalism in J.M. Coetzee’s "Disgrace"

Gearey, Adam;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2009
  • Publisher: Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Coetzee’s Disgrace can be read as an engagement with the post apartheid constitution \ud of South Africa. However, the novel does not focus on a legal text. It draws attention \ud to what could be called an ethics of social being or the psychic life of \ud constitutionalism. Disgrace thus resonates with the broader argument that a \ud constitution is a complex of political, social and psychic economies that are bound up \ud with (and in certain senses prior) to positive law. Any proper elaboration of these \ud themes cannot be made from within the terms of legal discourse itself, at least as \ud presently composed. This paper is therefore an exercise in deconstr...
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