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J.M. Coetzee : South Africa and the politics of writing

Author: David Attwell
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press ; Cape Town : David Philip, ©1993.
Series: Perspectives on Southern Africa, 48.
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David Attwell defends the literary and political integrity of the South African novelist J.M. Coetzee, arguing that he has absorbed the textual turn of postmodern culture while still addressing his nation's ethical crisis. As a form of "situational metafiction," Coetzee's novels are shown to reconstruct and critique some of the key discourses in the history of colonialism and apartheid from the eighteenth century to  Read more...
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Attwell, David.
J.M. Coetzee.
Berkeley : University of California Press ; Cape Town : David Philip, c1993
(OCoLC)622651394
Named Person: J M Coetzee; J M Coetzee; John Maxwell Coetzee; John M Coetzee; J M Coetzee
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Attwell
ISBN: 0520078101 9780520078109 0520078128 9780520078123 0864862474 9780864862471
OCLC Number: 25708420
Description: ix, 147 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Contexts: Literary, Historical, Intellectual --
2. "The labyrinth of my history": Dusklands and In the Heart of the Country --
3. Reading the Signs of History: Waiting for the Barbarians --
4. Writing in "the cauldron of history": Life and Times of Michael K and Foe --
5. Conclusion: Age of Iron.
Series Title: Perspectives on Southern Africa, 48.
Responsibility: David Attwell.
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David Attwell defends the literary and political integrity of the South African novelist J.M. Coetzee, arguing that he has absorbed the textual turn of postmodern culture while still addressing his nation's ethical crisis. As a form of "situational metafiction," Coetzee's novels are shown to reconstruct and critique some of the key discourses in the history of colonialism and apartheid from the eighteenth century to the present. While self-conscious about fiction-making, Coetzee's work takes seriously the condition of the society in which it is produced. Attwell begins by describing the intellectual and political contexts of Coetzee's fiction. He proceeds with a developmental analysis of the corpus of six novels, drawing on Coetzee's other writings in stylistics, literary criticism, translation, political journalism, and popular culture. Attwell's elegantly written analysis deals both with Coetzee's subversion of the dominant culture around him and with his ability to grasp the complexities of giving voice to the anguish of South Africa.

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