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J.M. Coetzee and the Novel: Writing and Politics after Beckett

Patrick Hayes

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199587957
eISBN:
9780191723292
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587957.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

‘Anti‐illusionism is, I suspect, only a marking of time, a phase of recuperation, in the history of the novel. The question is, what next?’ (J. M. Coetzee). Placing Coetzee in relation to the long ... More


Apocalyptic Futures: Marked Bodies and the Violence of the Text in Kafka, Conrad, and Coetzee

Russell Samolsky

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823234790
eISBN:
9780823241248
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234790.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book sets out to articulate a new theory and textual practice of the relation between literary reception and embodiment by arguing that certain modern literary texts have apocalyptic futures. ... More


Working with Translators

J. M. Coetzee

in Translation and the Classic: Identity as Change in the History of Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199288076
eISBN:
9780191713439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288076.003.0019
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Exchanges between the novelist J. M. Coetzee and a number of his translators (including those into German, French, Dutch, and Serbian) illustrate some of the problems typical of literary translation. ... More


The Grammar of Identity: Transnational Fiction and the Nature of the Boundary

Stephen Clingman

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199278497
eISBN:
9780191706981
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278497.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The book proceeds from a central contemporary paradox. Never before have we been confronted by such dizzying forms of multiplicity, while at the same time facing still powerful appeals to singularity ... More


Village, Empire, Desert

Stephen Clingman

in The Grammar of Identity: Transnational Fiction and the Nature of the Boundary

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199278497
eISBN:
9780191706981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278497.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

South Africa under apartheid presented some of the issues of this book in concentrated form: whether it was possible to construct an alternative grammar of identity; whether a closed system could be ... More


Conclusion: The Nature of the Boundary

Stephen Clingman

in The Grammar of Identity: Transnational Fiction and the Nature of the Boundary

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199278497
eISBN:
9780191706981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278497.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The Conclusion presents a meditation on some of the key motifs of the book, turning on the idea of the nature of the boundary. It considers questions of self, place, the global, and the ... More


Apartheid and Beyond: South African Writers and the Politics of Place

Rita Barnard

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195112863
eISBN:
9780199851058
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112863.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This book contributes to the study of South African literature, offering readings of writers such as Coetzee, Gordimer, Fugard, Tlali, and Mda. Focusing on the relationship between place, ... More


Dream Topographies

Rita Barnard

in Apartheid and Beyond: South African Writers and the Politics of Place

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195112863
eISBN:
9780199851058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112863.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

At first reading, Youth may strike one as the gloomy tale of its protagonist's failure to become a poet. But the book is uniformly legible as the story of his steady commitment to prose—of his ... More


A Man's Scenery

Rita Barnard

in Apartheid and Beyond: South African Writers and the Politics of Place

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195112863
eISBN:
9780199851058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112863.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Lars Engle's essay “The Novel without the Police” categorizes the work of J. M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, and Athol Fugard according to Raymond Williams' usual triad of the dominant, emergent, and ... More


Bestial Traces: Race, Sexuality, Animality

Christopher Peterson

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823245208
eISBN:
9780823252602
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823245208.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

In contemporary race and sexuality studies, the topic of animality emerges almost exclusively in order to index the dehumanization that makes discrimination possible. Bestial Traces argues that a ... More


Paradise Now; or, The Brightest Thing in the World: On Nonhuman Utopia

John Ó Maoilearca

in All Thoughts Are Equal: Laruelle and Nonhuman Philosophy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780816697342
eISBN:
9781452952291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816697342.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This looks at arguments made by Alexander Galloway, Matthew Goulish, and J. M. Coetzee on what it means to be called an “animal”, a “nonhuman”, or a “perfect human” in regards to a non-standard or ... More


The Classic: Sainte-Beuve and the Nineteenth-Century Culture Wars

Christopher Prendergast

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199215850
eISBN:
9780191706912
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215850.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Focusing on a moment and a source in the 19th century, this book ponders the question: what is a classic? This question is, by virtue of its insistent recurrence, itself a classic question that ... More


The Novelist, the Lecturer, and the Limits of Persuasion: J. M. Coetzee and Elizabeth Costello on the Lives of Animals and Men

Michael Bell

in Open Secrets: Literature, Education, and Authority from J-J. Rousseau to J. M. Coetzee

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199208098
eISBN:
9780191709227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208098.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, European Literature

J. M. Coetzee is perhaps the author who most exemplifies at the turn of the century the nature of literary authority; a power and a predicament he has repeatedly thematised while refusing to ... More


Cultured Violence: Narrative, Social Suffering, and Engendering Human Rights in Contemporary South Africa

Rosemary Jolly

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846312137
eISBN:
9781846315244
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315244
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

This book explores contemporary South African culture as a test case for the achievement of democracy by constitutional means in the wake of prolonged and violent conflict, and addresses ethical ... More


A New Life Is a New Life: Teaching, Transformation, and Tautology in Coetzee’s Childhood of Jesus

Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé

in A Different Order of Difficulty: Literature after Wittgenstein

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226677019
eISBN:
9780226677293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226677293.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This concluding chapter examines Coetzee’s enigmatic novel, The Childhood of Jesus, and considers how reading literature “after Wittgenstein” offers a better understanding of the way modernism’s ... More


“What Is a Classic?”: International Literary Criticism and the Classic Question

Ankhi Mukherjee

in What Is a Classic?: Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780804785211
eISBN:
9780804788380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804785211.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

T. S. Eliot’s and J.M. Coetzee’s lectures titled “What is a Classic?” seem to suggest that if the classical criterion is of vital importance to literary criticism, the classic in turn is constituted ... More


The Body in Ruins: Torture, Allegory, and Materiality in J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians

Russell Samolsky

in Apocalyptic Futures: Marked Bodies and the Violence of the Text in Kafka, Conrad, and Coetzee

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823234790
eISBN:
9780823241248
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234790.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter begins by considering what is at stake in Coetzee's ascription of his novel Waiting for the Barbarians to his doppelgänger JC from Diary of a Bad Year. How might we regard the changes ... More


Borrowed Forms: The Music and Ethics of Transnational Fiction

Kathryn Lachman

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9781781380307
eISBN:
9781781387290
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781380307.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Borrowed Forms examines the use of music by contemporary novelists and critics from across the francophone, anglophone, and hispanophone worlds. Through readings of Nancy Huston, Maryse Condé, J. M. ... More


Coda: Dark Freedom in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace

Kevin Newmark

in Irony on Occasion: From Schlegel and Kierkegaard to Derrida and de Man

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823240128
eISBN:
9780823240166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240128.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Can contemporary fiction be read simultaneously as socio-political act and as reflective thought, as both empirical reality and philosophical speculation? A good example of a novel situating itself ... More


Opera and the Limits of Representation in j. M. Coetzee's Disgrace

Kathryn Lachman

in Borrowed Forms: The Music and Ethics of Transnational Fiction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9781781380307
eISBN:
9781781387290
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781380307.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter Four considers the status of opera in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace (1999). In the tradition of major modernist novels, Disgrace offers a meditation on artistic creation and uses music in order to ... More


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