The Intellectual Landscape in the Works of J. M. Coetzee

The Intellectual Landscape in the Works of J. M. Coetzee

By: Tim Mehigan (editor), Christian Moser (editor)eBook
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J. M. Coetzee, arguably the most decorated and critically acclaimed writer of fiction today, is a deeply intellectual writer. Yet while just about everyone who comes to Coetzee's writing is aware thatthe visible superstructure of his works is moved from below by a vast substructure of ideas, we are still far from grasping Coetzee's intellectual allegiances as a whole. This book sets out to examine these allegiances in ways not attempted before, by bringing leading figures in the philosophy of literary fiction and ethics together with leading Coetzee scholars. The book is organized into threeparts: the first part evaluates Coetzee with respect to notions of truth and justification. At issue is how the reader is to understand the ground on which Coetzee builds his ethical commitments. Thesecond part considers the problem of language, in which ethics is rooted and on which it depends. The chapters of the third part position Coetzee's writing with respect to notions of social and moralsolidarity, where, in regard to literature as such or experience as such, philosophy and literature together exercise an unrivaled right to be heard.

Contributors: Elisa Aaltola, Derek Attridge, David Attwell, Maria Boletsi, Carrol Clarkson, Simon During, Patrick Hayes, Alexander Honold, Anton Leist, Tim Mehigan, Christian Moser, Robert B. Pippin, Robert Stockhammer, Markus Winkler, Martin Woessner.

Tim Mehigan is Deputy Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Queensland. Christian Moser is Professor of Comparative Literatureat the University of Bonn.

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  • ID: 9781787441866
  • book language: en
  • publisher: Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd
  • publisher imprint: Camden House

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