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arcadia

International Journal of Literary Culture / Internationale Zeitschrift für literarische Kultur

Ed. by Biti, Vladimir / Liska, Vivian


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Volume 38, Issue 2

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Bamboozled by Literature

Jan Van Luxemburg
Published Online: 2008-02-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arca.38.2.383

Abstract

If we are to believe David Lurie, the main character of J.M. Coetzee's novel Disgrace (1999) his students are an ignorant lot. “Post-Christian, posthistorical, postliterate, they might as well been hatched from eggs yesterday.” (Coetzee, Disgrace: 32). Lurie, formerly professor of modern literature, is now adjunct professor of communications at Cape Technical University, though he is still allowed to teach one course on his former subject, literature. Introducing his students into the poetry of Byron and asking them about “fallen angels,” all he expects “is a round of goodnatured guesses which, with luck, he can guide toward the mark.” And when, at his home, he talks to the girl student Melanie, whom he tries to seduce, he excuses himself about his musical taste.

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Published Online: 2008-02-27

Published in Print: 2003-10-14


Citation Information: Arcadia – International Journal for Literary Studies, Volume 38, Issue 2, Pages 383–388, ISSN (Online) 1613-0642, ISSN (Print) 0003-7982, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arca.38.2.383.

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