J.M. Coetzee's Austerities

J.M. Coetzee's Austerities

By: Michael Neill (editor), Professor Graham Bradshaw (editor)Hardback

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Representing a wide range of critical and theoretical perspectives, this volume examines J.M. Coetzee's novels from Dusklands to Diary of a Bad Year. The choice of essays reflects three broad goals: aligning the South African dimension of Coetzee's writing with his "late modernist" aesthetic; exploring the relationship between Coetzee's novels and his essays on linguistics; and paying particular attention to his more recent fictional experiments. These objectives are realized in essays focusing on, among other matters, the function of names and etymology in Coetzee's fiction, the vexed relationship between art and politics in apartheid South Africa, the importance of film in Coetzee's literary sensibility, Coetzee's reworkings of Defoe, the paradoxes inherent in confessional narratives, ethics and the controversial politics of reading Disgrace, intertextuality and the fictional self-consciousness of Slow Man. Through its pronounced emphasis on the novelist's later work, the collection points towards a narrato-political and linguistic reassessment of the Coetzee canon.

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Graham Bradshaw is Honorary Professor of English and Fine Arts at the University of Queensland, Australia; and Michael Neill is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.


Contents: Introduction: after 'Disgrace': Lord and Lady Chandos in Cape Town and Adelaide, Graham Bradshaw; Coetzee's artists: Coetzee's art, Derek Attridge; Responses to space and spaces of response in J.M. Coetzee, Carrol Clarkson; Coetzee on film, Lindiwe Dovey and Teresa Dovey; 'The language of the heart': confession, metaphor, and grace in J.M. Coetzee's Age of Iron, Michael Neill; Disgrace as an uncanny revision of Gordimer's None to Accompany Me, Lars Engle; 'Scenes from a dry imagination': Disgrace and embarrassment, Myrtle Hooper; David Lurie's learning and the meaning of J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace, Laurence Wright; J.M. Coetzee and South Africa: thoughts on the social life of fiction, David Attwell; 'The true words at last from the mind in ruins': J.M. Coetzee and realism, Jonathan Lamb; Pity and autonomy: Coetzee, Conrad and Costello, Graham Bradshaw; Slow Man and the real; a lesson in reading and writing, ZoA" Wicomb; Close encounters: the author and the character in Elizabeth Costello, Slow Man and Diary of a Bad Year, Barbara Dancygier; Works cited; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/04/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780754668039
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780754668039
  • weight: 521
  • ISBN10: 0754668037

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