A Companion to the Works of J.M. Coetzee

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Timothy J. Mehigan
Camden House, 2011 - Literary Collections - 257 pages
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J. M. Coetzee is perhaps the most critically acclaimed bestselling author of imaginative fiction writing in English today. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003 and is the first writer to have been awarded two Booker Prizes. The present volume makes critical views of this important writer accessible to the general reader as well as the scholar, discussing Coetzee's main works in chronological order and introducing the dominant themes in the academic discussion of his oeuvre. The volume highlights Coetzee's exceptionally nuanced approach to writing as both an exacting craft and a challenging moral-ethical undertaking. It discusses Coetzee's complex relation to apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa, the land of his birth, and evaluates his complicated responses to the literary canon. Coetzee emerges as both a modernist and a highly self-aware postmodernist - a champion of the truths of a literary enterprise conducted unrelentingly in the mode of self-confession. Contributors: Chris Ackerley, Derek Attridge, Carrol Clarkson, Simone Drichel, Johan Geertsema, David James, Michelle Kelly, Sue Kossew, Mike Marais, James Meffan, Tim Mehigan, Chris Prentice, Engelhard Weigl, Kim L. Worthington. Tim Mehigan is Professor of Languages in the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University of Otago, New Zealand and Honorary Professor in the Department of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia.
 

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Contents

Scenes from Provincial Life 19972009
9
Style Coetzee and Beckett
23
Dusklands 1974
39
In the Heart ofthe Country 1977
56
Life Times ofMichael K 1983
76
Foe 1986 Chris Prentice
91
Age ofIron 1990
113
The Master ofPetersburg 1994
132
Disgrace 1999
148
Elizabeth Costello 2003
172
Slow Man 2005
192
Diary ofa Bad Year 2007
208
Coetzees Criticism
222
Works Cited
235
Notes on the Contributors
249
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