J. M. Coetzee
The importance of J. M. Coetzee in the development of twentieth-century fiction is widely recognised. His work addresses some of the key issues of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries: the relationship between postmodernism and postcolonialism, the role of history in the novel, and the question of how the author can combine an ethical and political consciousness with a commitment to the novel as a work of fiction. In this study, written in 1998, Dominic Head assesses Coetzee's position as a white South African writer engaged with the legacy of colonialism. Through close readings of all the novels, Head shows how Coetzee inhabits a transitional site between Europe and Africa, and it is from this position that his more general concerns emerge. Coetzee's engagement with the problems facing the postcolonial writer, Head argues, is always enriched by his awareness of a wider literary tradition.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
_]acobus Aﬁica Afrikaner Age of Iron allegory allusions ambivalent apartheid association Attwell Barbarians Breyten Breytenbach camps Cape Town challenge Coetzee Coetzee’s novel colonial complicity confession context critical Crusoe cultural Curren Dawn Dawn’s decolonization deﬁning Defoe’s Demons Derek Attridge desire discourse Dostoevsky Dusklands elusiveness essay ethical farm ﬁction ﬁctional ﬁgure ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁrst Friday Friday’s Gayatri Spivak gesture Gordimer Gordimer’s idea identity imagine imperialism implies inﬂuence intellectual interpretation interrogation J. M. Coetzee Jacobus Jerusalem Prize kind language literary literature Magda magistrate magistrate’s Master metaﬁctional metaphor Michael K Michael K’s mode motif Nadine Gordimer narrative narrator Nechaev offers parallel political position postcolonial postcolonial literature postmodernism postmodernist present problem question reading realism reﬂections represents resistance resonance role scene self-consciousness sense signiﬁcance silence South Africa speciﬁc Stavrogin story suggests Susan Barton textuality Tikhon tion torture truth Vercueil violence Waiting writing