Political reconciliation & justice in post-apartheid literature
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From J.M. Coetzee’s post-apartheid novel Disgrace to Boubacar Boris Diop’s reflection on the Rwandan genocide in Murambi, The Book of Bones, the issue of how to move forward from catastrophic conflict has continually ignited heated ethical debates. Common government sponsored practices of political reconciliation, such as truth commissions, are often seriously flawed. When social justice is legally curbed and compromised as a part of the process, hordes of old and new issues mesh together to create a climate that can be equally as oppressive and tumultuous as the previous one. If governments cannot be trusted to maintain social justice for underrepresented groups, there must be something else to fill the void it leaves. This research examines the ways in which literature can fill that void and help overcome injustice.
Department of English
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