J.M. Coetzee's Austerities

Bradshaw, Graham and Neill, Michael A F, eds. (2010) J.M. Coetzee's Austerities. Ashgate Publishing Group, Aldershot, 280 pp. ISBN 9780754668039. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Edited book
Additional information: Book co-edited with Graham Bradshaw, and contains Neill's chapter: '"The Language of the Heart": Confession, Metaphor, and Grace in J.M. Coetzee's Age of Iron';
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Stewart Brownrigg
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 11:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40624 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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