A Comparative Literary Analysis Between Niq Mhlongo 's Dog Eat Dog And Disgrace

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Universities in the ‘New South Africa’: Palimpsests of Interpersonal Politics
A comparative literary analysis between Niq Mhlongo’s Dog Eat Dog and J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace

Written by Niq Mhlongo and J.M. Coetzee, respectively, the novels Dog Eat Dog and Disgrace both underscore the birth of what could be conceived as a ‘new South Africa.’ This post-Apartheid ‘new South Africa’ was characterized by heightened awareness and representation for those who had been systemically marginalized. Yet, even with the changes that transpired, vestiges of prior power structures that governed South African society were still very much felt. This included at the instructional level where the next generations of South Africans would establish their roots and assimilate ideas.

Theoretically, in post-Apartheid South Africa, universities and other institutions of higher learning were to level the playing field amongst the varying echelons of society and afford different groups opportunities otherwise unavailable to them. Though enabling social mobility and justice was prioritized differently for certain groups and the beneficial results that accompanied these universities’ work may not have always been intentional, there seemed to be little doubt that universities played a key role in changing the status quo. Yet, contrary to this widely held view, both Coetzee and Mhlongo’s works depict how universities, at least those in their novels, did not immediately forsake convention and usher in a…

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