J. M. Coetzee and the Power of Narrative

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Download or read book J. M. Coetzee and the Power of Narrative written by Gillian Dooley and published by . This book was released on 2010-01 with total page 213 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book is a consideration of various themes and techniques ranging across famous South African writer J. M. Coetzee's whole oeuvre. It aims to discover the "how" rather than "what" or "why": where does Coetzee's work derive its power? A discussion of themes, influences, and allegorical meanings tends to bleach out the experience of reading; and this experience is surely the only reason for choosing Coetzee's narratives over anyone else's. It examines the type of resistance to be found in his work, a resistance which seems to have little basis in a political belief or a rational philosophy of justice. The book also traces the effects of Coetzee's choice of point of view in each of his books--how it interacts with questions of complicity and impressions of realism, as well as how it relates to the subject matter and characters he is dealing with in each case. It is also an exploration of the place of the comic arts in Coetzee's work. This is a subject which has routinely been dismissed by critics who have failed to discern any humor in the novels. The contention is that a sense of the ridiculous and absurd is implicit in much of Coetzee's narrative prose and can be seen in the underlying structure of all his books. This study delves into his use of language and languages: the choice of tenses, the surprising flights of imagery to be found amidst the taut elegance of his narrative style; and also the multilingual sensibilities he shares with many of his characters, not excluding the non-verbal language of music.

J. M. Coetzee and the Power of Narrative

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The Body, Desire and Storytelling in Novels by J. M. Coetzee

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ISBN 10 : 9780429682469
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Download or read book The Body, Desire and Storytelling in Novels by J. M. Coetzee written by Olfa Belgacem and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2018-10-26 with total page 212 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Asserting that Coetzee’s representation of the body as subject to dismemberment counters the colonial representation of the other’s body as exotic and erotically-charged, this study inspects the ambivalence pertaining to Coetzee’s embodied representation of the other and reveals the risks that come with such contrapuntal reiteration. Through the study of the narrative identity of the colonial other and her/his body’s representation, the book also unveils the author’s own authorial identity exposed through the repetitive narrative patterns and characterization choices.

J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Narrative Transgression

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Download or read book J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Narrative Transgression written by Alexandra Effe and published by Springer. This book was released on 2017-08-16 with total page 172 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book is about the metanarrative and metafictional elements of J. M. Coetzee’s novels. It draws together authorship, readership, ethics, and formal analysis into one overarching argument about how narratives work the boundary between art and life. On the basis of Coetzee’s writing, it reconsiders the concept of metalepsis, challenges common understandings of self-reflexive discourse, and invites us to rethink our practice as critics and readers. This study analyzes Coetzee’s novels in three chapters organized thematically around the author’s relation with character, reader, and self. Author and character are discussed on the basis of Foe, Slow Man, and Coetzee’s Nobel lecture, 'He and His Man'. Stories featuring the character Elizabeth Costello, or the figuration Elizabeth Curren, serve to elaborate the relation of author and reader. The study ends on a reading of Summertime, Diary of a Bad Year, and Dusklands as Coetzee’s engagement with autobiographical writing, analyzing the relation of author and self. It will appeal to readers with an interest in literary and narrative theory as much as to Coetzee scholars and advanced students.

J. M. Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus

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Download or read book J. M. Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus written by Anthony Uhlmann and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2017-02-09 with total page 208 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Since the controversy and acclaim that surrounded the publication of Disgrace (1999), the awarding of the Nobel Prize for literature and the publication of Elizabeth Costello: Eight Lessons (both in 2003), J. M. Coetzee's status has begun to steadily rise to the point where he has now outgrown the specialized domain of South African literature. Today he is recognized more simply as one of the most important writers in the English language from the late 20th and early 21st century. Coetzee's productivity and invention has not slowed with old age. The Childhood of Jesus, published in 2013, like Elizabeth Costello, was met with a puzzled reception, as critics struggled to come to terms with its odd setting and structure, its seemingly flat tone, and the strange affectless interactions of its characters. Most puzzling was the central character, David, linked by the title to an idea of Jesus. J.M. Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus: The Ethics of Ideas and Things is at the forefront of an exciting process of critical engagement with this novel, which has begun to uncover its rich dialogue with philosophy, theology, mathematics, politics, and questions of meaning.

J.M. Coetzee

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Download or read book J.M. Coetzee written by David Attwell and published by Univ of California Press. This book was released on 1993-06-11 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: David Attwell defends the literary and political integrity of South African novelist J.M. Coetzee by arguing that Coetzee has absorbed the textual turn of postmodern culture while still addressing the ethical tensions of the South African crisis. As a form of "situational metafiction," Coetzee's writing reconstructs and critiques some of the key discourses in the history of colonialism and apartheid from the eighteenth century to the present. While self-conscious about fiction-making, it takes seriously the condition of the society in which it is produced. Attwell begins by describing the intellectual and political contexts surrounding Coetzee's fiction and then provides a developmental analysis of his six novels, drawing on Coetzee's other writings in stylistics, literary criticism, translation, political journalism and popular culture. Elegantly written, Attwell's analysis deals with both Coetzee's subversion of the dominant culture around him and his ability to see the complexities of giving voice to the anguish of South Africa.

J. M. Coetzee

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ISBN 10 : 9780521482325
Pages : 192 pages
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Download or read book J. M. Coetzee written by Dominic Head and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 1997 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Examines Coetzee's distinctive contribution to twentieth-century fiction, and to the definition of postmodernism and postcolonialism.

The Cambridge Introduction to J. M. Coetzee

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ISBN 10 : 9780521867474
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Download or read book The Cambridge Introduction to J. M. Coetzee written by Dominic Head and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2009-03-26 with total page 115 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: An overview for students and readers of the work, career and international context of the author of Disgrace.

A Companion to the Works of J. M. Coetzee

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ISBN 10 : 9781571139023
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Download or read book A Companion to the Works of J. M. Coetzee written by Tim Mehigan and published by Boydell & Brewer. This book was released on 2014-02 with total page 257 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: New essays providing critical views of Coetzee's major works for the scholar and the general reader.

J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Reading

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ISBN 10 : 9780226818771
Pages : 240 pages
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Download or read book J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Reading written by Derek Attridge and published by University of Chicago Press. This book was released on 2021-04-10 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Nobel Prize-winning novelist J. M. Coetzee is one of the most widely taught contemporary writers, but also one of the most elusive. Many critics who have addressed his work have devoted themselves to rendering it more accessible and acceptable, often playing down the features that discomfort and perplex his readers. Yet it is just these features, Derek Attridge argues, that give Coetzee's work its haunting power and offer its greatest rewards. Attridge does justice to this power and these rewards in a study that serves as an introduction for readers new to Coetzee and a stimulus for thought for those who know his work well. Without overlooking the South African dimension of his fiction, Attridge treats Coetzee as a writer who raises questions of central importance to current debates both within literary studies and more widely in the ethical arena. Implicit throughout the book is Attridge's view that literature, more than philosophy, politics, or even religion, does singular justice to our ethical impulses and acts. Attridge follows Coetzee's lead in exploring a number of issues such as interpretation and literary judgment, responsibility to the other, trust and betrayal, artistic commitment, confession, and the problematic idea of truth to the self.

Political Bodies and the Body Politic in J.M. Coetzee's Novels

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Download or read book Political Bodies and the Body Politic in J.M. Coetzee's Novels written by Roman Silvani and published by LIT Verlag Münster. This book was released on 2012 with total page 172 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: J.M. Coetzee's novels can be considered a continued enterprise in figuring and varying the otherness of the human body, which, first and foremost, it comes forward in its vulnerability and pain. Coetzee's fiction offers an understanding that the body is a site upon which politics are played out and made manifest. Political Bodies and the Body Politic in J.M. Coetzee's Novels examines the various manifestations - ugliness, mutilation, cancer, etc. - with regard to the South African body politic. (Series: Transcultural Anglophone Studies - Vol. 3)

J.M. Coetzee's Austerities

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ISBN 10 : 9781317111610
Pages : 288 pages
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Download or read book J.M. Coetzee's Austerities written by Graham Bradshaw and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2016-05-06 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.

Pen and Power

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ISBN 10 : 9042000724
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Download or read book Pen and Power written by Sue Kossew and published by Rodopi. This book was released on 1996 with total page 258 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

The Politics of Humiliation in the Novels of J.M. Coetzee

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ISBN 10 : 9781136603389
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Download or read book The Politics of Humiliation in the Novels of J.M. Coetzee written by Hania A.M. Nashef and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013-05-13 with total page 218 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this volume, Nashef looks at J.M. Coetzee's concern with universal suffering and the inevitable humiliation of the human being as manifest in his novels. Though several theorists have referred to the theme of human degradation in Coetzee’s work, no detailed study has been made of this area of concern especially with respect to how pervasive it is across Coetzee’s literary output to date. This study examines what J.M. Coetzee's novels portray as the circumstances that contribute to the humiliation of the individual--namely the abuse of language, master and slave interplay, aging and senseless waiting--and how these conditions can lead to the alienation and marginalization of the individual.

Approaches to Teaching Coetzee’s Disgrace and Other Works

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ISBN 10 : 9781603291774
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Download or read book Approaches to Teaching Coetzee’s Disgrace and Other Works written by Laura Wright and published by Modern Language Association. This book was released on 2014-04-04 with total page 227 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The novels of the South African writer J. M. Coetzee won him global recognition and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. His work offers substantial pedagogical richness and challenges. Coetzee treats such themes as race, aging, gender, animal rights, power, violence, colonial history and accountability, the silent or silenced other, sympathy, and forgiveness in an allusive and detached prose that avoids obvious answers or easy ethical reassurance. Part 1 of this volume, "Materials," identifies secondary materials, including multimedia and Internet resources, that will help instructors guide their students through the contextual and formal complexities of Coetzee's fiction. In part 2, "Approaches," essays discuss how to teach works that are sometimes suspicious of teachers and teaching. The essays aim to help instructors negotiate Coetzee's ironies and allegories in his treatment of human relationships in a changing South Africa and of the shifting connections between human beings and the biosphere.

Reading Coetzee's Women

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ISBN 10 : 9783030197773
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Download or read book Reading Coetzee's Women written by Sue Kossew and published by Springer. This book was released on 2019-07-24 with total page 252 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This is the first book to focus entirely on the under-researched but crucial topic of women in the work of J. M. Coetzee, generally regarded as one of the world’s most significant living writers. The fourteen essays in this collection raise the central issue of how Coetzee’s texts address the ‘woman question’. There is a focus on Coetzee’s representation of women, engagement with women writers and the ethics of what has been termed his ‘ventriloquism’ of women’s voices in his fiction and autobiographical writings, right up to his most recent novel, The Schooldays of Jesus. As such, this collection makes important links between the disciplines of literary and gender studies. It includes essays by well-known Coetzee scholars as well as by emerging scholars from around the world, providing fascinating and timely global insights into how his works are read from differing cultural and scholarly perspectives.

Victims and the Postmodern Narrative or Doing Violence to the Body

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ISBN 10 : 9781349245901
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Download or read book Victims and the Postmodern Narrative or Doing Violence to the Body written by Mark Ledbetter and published by Springer. This book was released on 2016-07-27 with total page 159 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Victims and the Postmodern Narrative suggests that reading and writing about literature are ways to gain an ethical understanding of how we live in the world. Postmodern narrative is an important way to reveal and discuss who are society's victims, inviting the reader to become one with them. A close reading of fiction by Toni Morrison, Patrick Suskind, D.M. Thomas, Ian McEwan and J.M. Coetzee reveals a violence imposed on gender, race and the body-politic. Such violence is not new to the postmodern world, but merely reflects Western culture's religious traditions, as the author demonstrates through a reading of stories from the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament.