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J.M. Coetzee [electronic resource] : South Africa and the politics of writing / David Attwell.
INITIAL_TITLE_SRCH:
J.M. Coetzee [electronic resource] : South Africa and the politics of writing / David Attwell.
Personal Author:
Publication Date:
1993
ISBN:
9780520912519

9780585224237

9780520078109

9780520078123

9780864862471
Series:
Perspectives on Southern Africa ; 48
Volume:
48.
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-144) and index.
Contents:
Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Contexts: Literary, historical, intellectual -- "The labyrinth of my history": Dusklands and the heart of the country -- Reading the signs of history: Waiting for the barbarians -- Writing in "the cauldrons of history": Life and times of Michael K and Foe -- Conclusion: Age of iron -- Notes -- Works cited -- Index.
Abstract:
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.
Content Type:
text
Carrier Type:
online resource
Language:
English