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J. M. Coetzee in Context and Theory, 1st edition

Published by Continuum (May 19th 2009) - Copyright © 2009

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Overview

Nobel Laureate and the first author to win the Booker Prize twice, J.M. Coetzee is perhaps the world's leading living novelist writing in English. Including an international roster of world leading critics and novelists, and drawing on new research, this innovative book analyses the whole range of Coetzee's work, from his most recent novels through his memoirs and critical writing. It offers a range of perspectives on his relationship with the historical, political, cultural and social context of South Africa. It also contextualises Coetzee's work in relation to his literary influences, colonial and post-colonial history, the Holocaust and colonial genocides, the 'politics' and meaning of the Nobel prize in South Africa and Coetzee's very public move from South Africa to Australia. Including a major unpublished essay by leading South African novelist Andr¿ Brink, this book offers the most up-to-date study of Coetzee's work currently available.

Table of contents

Foreword: Elleke Boehmer, Robert Eaglestone, Katy Iddiols
Part I: Context¿
1.¿Post-Apartheid Literature: A Personal View, Andr¿ Brink
2. Elizabeth Costello as Post-Apartheid¿Literature, Louise Bethlehem (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
3. Coetzee and Gordimer, Karina Szczurek
4.¿Wordsworth and the Recollection of South Africa, Pieter Vermeulen (University of Leuven)
5.¿Border Crossings: self and text,¿Sue Kossew (University of New South Wales)
6.¿Sex, Comedy, and Influence:¿Coetzee's Beckett, Derek Attridge¿(University of York)¿
Part 2: Theory
7.¿ Writing Desire Responsibly, Rosemary Jolly (Queen's University)
8. Literature, History and Folly, Patrick Hayes (University of Oxford)
9. Queer Bodies, Elleke Boehmer (University of Oxford)
10. Eating (Dis)Order, Kyoko Yoshida (Keio University)
11. Acts of Mourning, Russell Samolsky (University of California, Santa Barbara)
12. Sublime Abjection, Mark Mathuray (Royal Holloway, University of London)
13. Authenticity: Diaries, Chronicles, Records as Index-Simulations, Anne Haeming
14. Disrupting Inauthentic Readings: Coetzee's Strategies, Katy Iddiols (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Index

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