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J. M. Coetzee

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Part of Cambridge Studies in African and Caribbean Literature

  • Author: Dominic Head, University of Central England, Birmingham
  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
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  • isbn: 9780511835094

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  • The importance of J. M. Coetzee in the development of twentieth-century fiction is widely recognised. His work addresses some of the key issues of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries: the relationship between postmodernism and postcolonialism, the role of history in the novel, and the question of how the author can combine an ethical and political consciousness with a commitment to the novel as a work of fiction. In this study, written in 1998, Dominic Head assesses Coetzee's position as a white South African writer engaged with the legacy of colonialism. Through close readings of all the novels, Head shows how Coetzee inhabits a transitional site between Europe and Africa, and it is from this position that his more general concerns emerge. Coetzee's engagement with the problems facing the postcolonial writer, Head argues, is always enriched by his awareness of a wider literary tradition.

    • A major evaluation of Cotezee's achievement
    • Offers close readings of each of the novels
    • Comprises introductory study for students and more advanced study for researchers
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    Review of the hardback: 'Dominic Head's monograph on J. M. Coetzee is an excellent in-depth study of the novels, from which specialists and more general readers alike are stand to gain important insights into the complex make-up of the author's texts.' Zeitschrift für Anglistik unk Amerikanistik

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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511835094
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. The writer's place: Coetzee and postcolonial literature
    2. Writing violence: Dusklands
    3. The wrong kind of love: In the Heart of the Country
    4. An ethical awakening: Waiting for the Barbarians
    5. Gardening as resistance: Life and Times of Michael K
    6. The maze of doubting: Foe
    7. A true confession: Age of Iron
    8. Producing the demon: The Master of Petersburg

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    Dominic Head, University of Central England, Birmingham

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