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J.M. Coetzee and ethics : philosophical perspectives on literature

Author: Anton Leist; Peter Singer
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 2003, the South African writer J.M. Coetzee was awarded the Novel Prize in Literature for his riveting portrayals of racial repression, sexual politics, the guises of reason, and the hypocrisy of human beings toward animals and nature. Coetzee was credited with being "a scrupulous doubter, ruthless in his criticism of the cruel rationalism and cosmetic morality of western civilization." The film of his novel  Read more...
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Named Person: J M Coetzee; J M Coetzee; J M Coetzee
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anton Leist; Peter Singer
ISBN: 9780231148405 0231148402 9780231148412 0231148410 9780231520249 0231520247
OCLC Number: 458890814
Description: vi, 400 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: The paradoxes of power in the early novels of J.M. Coetzee / Robert Pippin --
Disgrace, desire, and the dark side of the new South Africa / Adriaan van Heerden --
Ethical thought and the problem of communication : a strategy for reading diary of a bad year / Jonathan Lear --
Torture and collective shame / Jeff McMahan --
Converging convictions : Coetzee and his characters on animals / Karen Dawn ; Peter Singer --
Coetzee and alternative animal ethics / Elisa Aaltola --
Writing the lives of animals / Ido Geiger --
Sympathy and scapegoating in J.M. Coetzee / Andy Lamey --
Against society, against history, against reason : Coetzee's archaic postmodernism / Anton Leist --
Coetzee's critique of reason / Martin Woessner --
J.M. Coetzee, moral thinker / Alice Crary --
Being true to fact : Coetzee's prose of the world / Pieter Vermeulen --
Truth and love together at last : style, form, and moral vision in Age of Iron / Samantha Vice --
The lives of animals and the form-content connection / Jennifer Flynn --
Irony and belief in Elizabeth Costello / Michael Funk Deckard ; Ralph Palm --
Coetzee's hidden Polemic with Nietzsche / Alena Dvorakova.
Responsibility: edited by Anton Leist & Peter Singer.

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In 2003, the South African writer J.M. Coetzee was awarded the Novel Prize in Literature for his riveting portrayals of racial repression, sexual politics, the guises of reason, and the hypocrisy of human beings toward animals and nature. Coetzee was credited with being "a scrupulous doubter, ruthless in his criticism of the cruel rationalism and cosmetic morality of western civilization." The film of his novel Disgrace, starring John Malkovich, brought his challenging ideas to a new audience. Anton Leist and Peter Singer have assembled an outstanding group of contributors who probe deeply into Coetzee's extensive wand extraordinary corpus. They explore his approach to ethical theory and philosophy and pay particular attention to his representation of the human-animal relationship. They also confront Coetzee's depiction of the elementary conditions of life, the origins of morality, the recognition of value in others, the sexual dynamics between men and women, the normality of suppression, and the possibility of equality in postcolonial society. With its wide-ranging consideration of philosophical issues, especially in relations to fiction, this volume stands alone in its extraordinary exchange of ethical and literary inquiry.

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Scholarly readers with an interest in Coetzee's novels or philosophy's relationship to literature will find this work highly rewarding. Library Journal 6/1/10

 
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