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Critical essays on J.M. Coetzee /
edited by Sue Kossew.
New York : G.K. Hall ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1998.
ix, 242 p. ; 25 cm.
0783800533 (alk. paper)
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New York : G.K. Hall ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1998.
0783800533 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-11:
Kossew (Univ. of New South Wales, Australia) makes an important contribution to the rapidly growing body of scholarship about the white South African novelist and critic whose works have gained a wide readership both inside and outside of South Africa. She has assembled 16 essays, the majority of them previously published, that reflect on the breadth of Coetzee's literary achievements. Kossew's introduction skillfully and succinctly locates Coetzee in his biographical and social contexts, providing an excellent account of the critical reception of his work. The work of established Coetzee scholars such as Teresa Dovey, David Attwen, and Kossew herself, along with that of emerging critical voices of the 1990s, these essays capture the ongoing critical and theoretical discussion about Coetzee, ranging from the long-standing debate about the writer and political commitment (particularly in the context of apartheid South Africa) to the competing claims of postmodernism and postcolonialism, Coetzee's representation of colonized "Others" and women, and his uses of intertextuality and allegory. The result is an exceptionally rich compendium of the range of critical responses Coetzee's work has provoked, and an excellent introduction to his work. Recommended for all academic and public libraries. J. A. Miller; University of South Carolina
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The full range of literary traditions comes to life in the Twayne Critical Essays Series. Volume editors have carefully selected critical essays that represent the full spectrum of controversies, trends and methodologies relating to each author's work. Essays include writings from the author's native country and abroad, with interpretations from the time they were writing, through the present day.Each volume includes: -- An introduction providing the reader with a lucid overview of criticism from its beginnings -- illuminating controversies, evaluating approaches and sorting out the schools of thought-- The most influential reviews and the best reprinted scholarly essays-- A section devoted exclusively to reviews and reactions by the subject's contemporaries-- Original essays, new translations and revisions commissioned especially for the series-- Previously unpublished materials such as interviews, lost letters and manuscript fragments-- A bibliography of the subject's writings and interviews-- A name and subject index
Table of Contents
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Introductionp. 1
J.M. Coetzee: Writing in the Middle Voicep. 18
"The Labyrinth of My History": J.M. Coetzee's Dusklandsp. 29
Literature and Politics: Currents in South African Writing in the Seventiesp. 50
Charting J.M. Coetzee's Middle Voice: In the Heart of the Countryp. 66
"A Bored Spinster with a Locked Diary": The Politics of Hysteria in In the Heart of the Countryp. 84
Irony, Allegory and Empire: Waiting for the Barbarians and In the Heart of the Countryp. 100
Towards a True Materialism [Review of Waiting for the Barbarians]p. 117
Intertextuality, Power and Danger: Waiting for the Barbarians as a Dirty Storyp. 126
The Idea of Gardening: Life and Times of Michael K. by J. M. Coetzee [Review]p. 139
Making the "Revolutionary Gesture": Nadine Gordimer, J. M. Coetzee and Some Variations on the Writer's Responsibilityp. 145
The South African Literary Establishment and the Textual Production of "Woman"p. 157
"Women's Words": A Reading of J. M. Coetzee's Women Narratorsp. 166
An Allegory of Re-Reading: Post-colonialism, Resistance, and J. M. Coetzee's Foep. 180
Literary Form and the Demands of Politics: Otherness in J. M. Coetzee's Age of Ironp. 198
Cancerous Bodies and Apartheid in J. M. Coetzee's Age of Ironp. 214
Places of Pigs: The Tension between Implication and Transcendence in J. M. Coetzee's Age of Iron and The Master of Petersburgp. 226
Indexp. 239
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