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J.M. Coetzee & the ethics of reading : literature in the event

Author: Derek Attridge
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2004.
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"Nobel Prize-winning novelist J.M. Coetzee is one of the most widely taught contemporary writers, but also one of the most elusive. Many critics who have addressed his work have devoted themselves to rendering it more accessible and acceptable, often playing down the features that discomfort and perplex his readers. Yet it is just these features, Derek Attridge argues, that give Coetzee's work its haunting power and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Attridge, Derek.
J.M. Coetzee & the ethics of reading.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2004
(OCoLC)607217434
Named Person: J M Coetzee; J M Coetzee; J M Coetzee; J M Coetzee; J M Coetzee; John M Coetzee
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Derek Attridge
ISBN: 0226031160 9780226031163 0226031179 9780226031170
OCLC Number: 55108994
Description: xv, 225 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Modernist form and the ethics of otherness : dusklands and in the heart of the country --
Against allegory : waiting for the barbarians and life & times of Michael K --
The silence of the canon : foe --
Trusting the other : age of iron --
Expecting the unexpected : the master of Petersburg --
Confessing in the third person : boyhood and youth --
Age of bronze, state of grace : disgrace.
Other Titles: J.M. Coetzee and the ethics of reading
Ethics of reading
Responsibility: Derek Attridge.
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"Nobel Prize-winning novelist J.M. Coetzee is one of the most widely taught contemporary writers, but also one of the most elusive. Many critics who have addressed his work have devoted themselves to rendering it more accessible and acceptable, often playing down the features that discomfort and perplex his readers. Yet it is just these features, Derek Attridge argues, that give Coetzee's work its haunting power and offer its greatest rewards. Attridge does justice to this power and these rewards in a study that serves as an introduction for readers new to Coetzee and a stimulus for thought for those who know his work well. Without overlooking the South African dimension of his fiction, Attridge treats Coetzee as a writer who raises questions of central importance to current debates both within literary studies and more widely in the ethical arena. Implicit throughout the book is Attridge's view that literature, more than philosophy, politics, or even religion, does singular justice to our ethical impulses and acts. Attridge follows Coetzee's lead in exploring a number of issues such as interpretation and literary judgment, responsibility to the other, trust and betrayal, artistic commitment, confession, and the problematic idea of truth to the self."

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"An important milestone in the critical reception of Coetzee's ongoing "oeuvre.""--Peggy Kamuf "Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory "

 
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