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Starving Across the Color Line: J. M. Coetzee in Apartheid South Africa

Alys Moody

in The Art of Hunger: Aesthetic Autonomy and the Afterlives of Modernism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198828891
eISBN:
9780191867361
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198828891.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Chapter 4 examines the writing of J. M. Coetzee in the context of late apartheid South Africa, where the call to political responsibility returns with a new urgency. Coetzee breaks with this ... More


Uncreative Writing: Interviews, Literature, and the Work of Contemporary Authorship

Rebecca Roach

in Literature and the Rise of the Interview

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198825418
eISBN:
9780191864094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198825418.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, Criticism/Theory

This chapter demonstrates that, thanks to the heavy reliance of publishers’ marketing departments on author interviews as a means of promotion, today interviews are increasingly conceived through ... More


The Religion of Style

David James

in Discrepant Solace: Contemporary Literature and the Work of Consolation

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
July 2019
ISBN:
9780198789758
eISBN:
9780191831447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198789758.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 4 brings together two strikingly different novels that exhibit comparable modes of proleptic mourning: Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead (2004) and J. M. Coetzee’s Age of Iron (1990). Their plots ... More


J. M. Coetzee’s Dusklands: ‘The voice of the doubting self’

Denis Sampson

in The Found Voice: Writers' Beginnings

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780198752998
eISBN:
9780191816000
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198752998.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

Dusklands consists of two novellas, ‘The Vietnam Project’, a confession by an army psychologist, and ‘The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee’, a ‘memoir’ of a Dutch explorer, in South Africa in 1760; both ... 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


“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


J. M. Coetzee's Australian Realism

Elleke Boehmer

in Postcolonial Poetics: Genre and Form

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846317453
eISBN:
9781846317187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317187.013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the implications for J. M. Coetzee's poetics of his shift from an agonistic settler tradition within South African writing, towards a self-consciously acquired Australian mode ... More


J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace: The Rights of Desire and the Embodied Lives of Animals

Elizabeth S. Anker

in Fictions of Dignity: Embodying Human Rights in World Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451362
eISBN:
9780801465635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451362.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter offers a reading of J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace, which tackles the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) experiment in human rights—in particular its agenda of ... 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


Against State Literacy: J. M. Coetzee vs the novel

Peter D. McDonald

in Artefacts of Writing: Ideas of the State and Communities of Letters from Matthew Arnold to Xu Bing

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198725152
eISBN:
9780191792595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198725152.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

Seen in the context of UNESCO’s analysis of apartheid education and its long-running debates about indigenous knowledge, this chapter reflects on J. M. Coetzee’s critical relations with the ... 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


Barbarism in Repetition: Literature's Waiting for the Barbarians

in Barbarism and Its Discontents

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804782760
eISBN:
9780804785372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804782760.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter examines the critical potential of the barbarians' absence by focusing on the topos of “waiting for the barbarians” through a comparative reading of C. P. Cavafy's poem “Waiting for the ... More


‘Going to the Dogs’: ‘Humanity’ in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace, The Lives of Animals and South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846312137
eISBN:
9781846315244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315244.003
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

In 1986, J. M. Coetzee declared that South Africa's transition from the apartheid rule to democratic government in 1994 presented an opportunity to restore humanity in society, yet in his first ... More


States of Emergency, the Apartheid Legal Order and the Tradition of the Oppressed in South African Fiction

Stephen Morton

in States of Emergency: Colonialism, Literature and Law

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846318498
eISBN:
9781781380758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846318498.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Chapter three considers how the writing of Richard Rive, Alex la Guma, J.M. Coetzee, and Zoë Wicomb highlighted the role of emergency legislation in the formation of South Africa’s apartheid state, ... More


Kafka and Coetzee

Simon During

in Modernism, Postcolonialism, and Globalism: Anglophone Literature, 1950 to the Present

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780199980963
eISBN:
9780190910846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199980963.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter contends that J. M. Coetzee’s writing strives to achieve the detached and otherworldly modernism of Franz Kafka but fails to do so because political and ethical beliefs displace what the ... 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


Compassion, Commodification, and The Lives of Animals: J. M. Coetzee’s Recent Fiction

Allison Carruth

in Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195394429
eISBN:
9780190252809
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195394429.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines the ethics of animal domestication and commodification in the novels of South African writer J. M. Coetzee, with particular reference to the human treatment of animals within ... More


Poets, Philosophers, and Other Animals

Carrol Clarkson

in Drawing the Line: Toward an Aesthetics of Transitional Justice

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254156
eISBN:
9780823260898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254156.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter takes up a gauntlet thrown down by Lucy Lurie in J.M. Coetzee’s novel, Disgrace: it considers the plight of animals other than human even in the teeth of recognizing that South Africa’s ... More


J. M. Coetzee

Tim Parks

in Life and Work: Writers, Readers, and the Conversations between Them

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300215366
eISBN:
9780300216738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300215366.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines J. M. Coetzee's autobiographical trilogy Boyhood (1997), Youth (2002), and Summertime (2009). The trilogy is a teasing and surprisingly funny book, at once as elaborately ... More


Ashamed of Shame: J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace

Christopher Peterson

in Bestial Traces: Race, Sexuality, Animality

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823245208
eISBN:
9780823252602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823245208.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on J.M. Coetzee's novel Disgrace, the first half of which details the scandal that erupts when Professor David Lurie has an affair with a young female student. Although the ... More


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