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Giving offense : essays on censorship

Author: J M Coetzee
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Giving Offense, South African writer J.M. Coetzee presents a coherent, unorthodox analysis of censorship from the perspective of a writer who has lived and worked under its shadow. Widely acclaimed for his many novels, Coetzee is also a brilliant literary critic and essayist. The essays collected here attempt to understand the passion that plays itself out in acts of silencing and censoring. Subscribing neither
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Essays
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Coetzee, J. M., 1940-
Giving offense.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996
(DLC) 95037389
(OCoLC)32969741
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J M Coetzee
ISBN: 9780226111773 0226111776
OCLC Number: 1038263985
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 289 pages)
Contents: Taking offense --
Emerging from censorship --
Lady Chatterley's Lover: The taint of the Pornographic --
The harms of pornography: Catharine MacKinnon --
Erasmus: Madness and rivalry --
Osip Mandelstam and the Stalin Ode --
Censorship and Polemic: Solzhenitsyn --
Zbigniew Herbert and the figure of the censor --
Apartheid thinking --
The work of the censor: Censorship in South Africa --
The politics of dissent: Andre Brink --
Breyten Breytenback and the reader in the mirror.
Responsibility: J.M. Coetzee.
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In Giving Offense, South African writer J.M. Coetzee presents a coherent, unorthodox analysis of censorship from the perspective of a writer who has lived and worked under its shadow. Widely acclaimed for his many novels, Coetzee is also a brilliant literary critic and essayist. The essays collected here attempt to understand the passion that plays itself out in acts of silencing and censoring. Subscribing neither to the myth of the writer as a moral giant nor to that of the writer as persecuted innocent, Coetzee argues that a destructive dynamic of belligerence and escalation tends to overtake the rivals in any field ruled by censorship.

From Osip Mandelstam commanded to compose an ode in praise of Stalin, to Breyten Breytenbach writing poems under and for the eyes of his prison guards, to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn engaging in a trial of wits with the organs of the Soviet state, Giving Offense focuses on the ways authors have historically responded to censorship. It also analyzes the arguments of Catharine MacKinnon for the suppression of pornography and traces the operations of the old South African censorship system. Finally, Coetzee delves into the early history of apartheid and critizes the blankness of contemporary political science in its efforts to address the deeper motives behind apartheid.

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