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Giving up the struggle for life : J.M. Coetzee’s "Life and times of Michael K" and "Disgrace"

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Giving up the struggle for life : J.M. Coetzee’s "Life and times of Michael K" and "Disgrace"

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dc.contributor.author Kucała, Bożena [SAP11215417] pl
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-30T08:27:32Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-30T08:27:32Z
dc.date.issued 2013 pl
dc.identifier.issn 1896-3307 pl
dc.identifier.uri http://ruj.uj.edu.pl/xmlui/handle/item/14278
dc.language eng pl
dc.title Giving up the struggle for life : J.M. Coetzee’s "Life and times of Michael K" and "Disgrace" pl
dc.type JournalArticle pl
dc.description.physical 33-48 pl
dc.identifier.weblink http://hdl.handle.net/10593/13740 pl
dc.abstract.en This article discusses two novels by J.M. Coetzee, "Life and Times of Michael K" and "Disgrace", with reference to the Darwinian concept of the struggle for life. The novels depict a world riven by conflict, struggle and competition for resources, which is partly ascribable to the socio-political context of South Africa. In both stories the protagonists are confronted with extreme situations, both facing moments when their survival comes under threat. In the light of Darwinian concepts, Coetzee’s characters fail to adapt to the changing environment and ultimately face extinction. Despite the very significant differences between Michael K and David Lurie – including the degree of their selfunderstanding – they both undergo harrowing experiences, as a result of which they descend to the level of animal existence, retreating to, as Lurie’s daughter puts it, "the only life there is. Which we share with animals". The implications of the protagonists’ affinity with animals are discussed with regard to Darwin’s claims about the continuities between human and animal life. This article examines the protagonists’ actions and decisions with relation to the biological imperative to struggle for life. pl
dc.subject.en J.M. Coetzee pl
dc.subject.en Charles Darwin pl
dc.subject.en struggle for existence pl
dc.subject.en Darwinism in literature pl
dc.description.volume 8 pl
dc.description.number 2 pl
dc.description.publication 1 pl
dc.title.journal Werkwinkel pl
dc.language.container eng pl
dc.affiliation Wydział Filologiczny : Instytut Filologii Angielskiej pl
dc.subtype Article pl
dc.rights.original OTHER; otwarte repozytorium; ostateczna wersja wydawcy; po opublikowaniu; 24; pl
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