Old Myths-modern Empires: Power, Language, and Identity in J.M. Coetzee's Work
This study gives substantial coverage and close critical attention to a wide range of Coetzee's published writings, in the attempt to situate his oeuvre within the framework of both postmodernist and postcolonial theory and criticism. In addition, it links the political and social aspects of Coetzee's work, its South African provenance and its often oblique engagement with contemporary issues, with formal questions regarding structure, rhetoric and narrative strategies as tackled in his novels. By approaching Coetzee's fiction from a variety of critical angles and taking into account both the transformations in the socio-political context of South Africa, and the recent changes in critical reception (exemplified by the Nobel Prize he was awarded in 2003) this book therefore offers a thorough assessment of the author's oeuvre.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The Work of J M Coetzee Thematic Linguistic
Introduction to Section 1
The Representation of the Natives
Coetzees Critique of Liberal Humanism
Replicas of Empire
Introduction to Section 2
The Struggle for Recognition
Other editions - View all
according achieve actually animals appears assume attempt Barbarians becomes beginning body called characters claims clearly Coetzee Coetzee's Coetzee's novels colonisers communication Consequently considered construction created culture death described determined dream Dusklands emphasises Empire English Eugene example existence experience exposes expression fact father feels fiction figure finally Friday fundamental further girl give Heart human identified identity individual interpreted issue Jacobus journey language linguistic live Magda magistrate Master meaning Michael mother narrative narrator natives nature never notion novel once original person political position possible precisely present protagonist question readers reality recognised refers relation relationship represented Robinson role seems sense servants simply situation society South Africa speak spite story suggests theory torture tries truth turning various violence Waiting Western woman writing