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'In September 2003 the South African novelist J. M. Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, confirming his reputation as one of the most influential writers of our time. J. M. Coetzee and the Idea of the Public Intellectual addresses the contribution Coetzee has made to contemporary literature, not least for the contentious forays his work makes into South African political discourse and the field of postcolonial studies.

'Taking the author’s ethical writing as its theme, the volume is an important addition to understanding Coetzee’s fiction and critical thinking. While taking stock of Coetzee’s singular, modernist response to the apartheid and postapartheid situations in his early fiction, the volume is the first to engage at length with the later works, Disgrace, The Lives of Animals, and Elizabeth Costello.

'J. M. Coetzee and the Idea of the Public Intellectual explores Coetzee’s roles as a South African intellectual and a novelist; his stance on matters of allegory and his evasion of the apartheid censor; his tacit critique of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission; his performance of public lectures of his alter ego, Elizabeth Costello; and his explorations into ecofeminism and animal rights. The essays collected here, which include an interview with the Nobel Laureate, provide new vantages from which to consider Coetzee’s writing.' (Publisher's summary)


  • Contents:

    p.1 - Introduction / Jane Poyner

    p.21 - J. M. Coetzee in Conversation with Jane Poyner

    p.25 - The life and times of Elizabeth Costello : J.M. Coetzee and the public sphere / David Attwell

    p.42 - The writer, the critic, and the censor : J.M. Coetzee and the question of literature / Peter D. McDonald

    p.63 - Against allegory : 'Waiting for the barbarians, ' 'Life & times of Michael K, ' and the question of literary reading / Derek Attridge

    p.83 - Death and the space of the response to the other in J.M. Coetzee's 'The master of Petersburg' / Michael Marais

    p.100 - A belief in frogs : J.M. Coetzee's enduring faith in fiction / Dominic Head

    p.118 - J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello, and the limits of the sympathetic imagination / Sam Durrant

    p.135 - Sorry, sorrier, sorriest : the gendering of contrition in J.M. Coetzee's 'Disgrace' / Elleke Boehmer

    p.148 - Going to the dogs : humanity in J.M. Coetzee's 'Disgrace, ' 'The lives of animals, ' and South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission / Rosemary Jolly

    p.172 - What is it like to be a nonracist? : Costello and Coetzee on the lives of animals and men / Michael Bell

    p.193 - A feminist-vegetarian defense of Elizabeth Costello : a rant from an ethical academic on J.M. Coetzee's 'The life of animals' / Laura Wright

    p.217 - Textual transvestism : the female voices of J.M. Coetzee / Lucy Graham

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Athens, Georgia,
      United States of America (USA),
      Ohio University Press , 2006 .
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 246p.
      Edition info: 1st ed.
      ISBN: 0821416863 (hbk.), 9780821416860 (hbk.), 0821416871 (pbk.), 9780821416877 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Untitled Geoffrey V. Davis , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 33 no. 1 2010; (p. 119-120)

— Review of J. M Coetzee and the Idea of the Public Intellectual 2006 single work criticism
Untitled Henry Veggian , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Modern Fiction Studies , vol. 54 no. 4 2008; (p. 922-925)

— Review of J. M Coetzee and the Idea of the Public Intellectual 2006 single work criticism
Coetzee in Context : Critical Approaches to the Work of J. M. Coetzee Sue Kossew , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies , Spring vol. 13 no. 1 2006; (p. 57-64)

— Review of J.M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Reading : Literature in the Event Derek Attridge 2004 multi chapter work criticism ; Cosmopolitan Fictions : Ethics, Politics and Global Change in the Works of Ishiguro, Ondaatje, Kincaid and Coetzee Katherine Stanton 2006 single work criticism ; Old Myths - Modern Empires: Power, Language, and Identity in J.M. Coetzee's Work Michela Canepari-Labib 2005 single work criticism ; J. M Coetzee and the Idea of the Public Intellectual 2006 single work criticism ; A Universe of (Hi)Stories :Essays on J. M. Coetzee 2006 anthology criticism ; Postcolonial Narrative and the Work of Mourning : J. M. Coetzee, Wilson Harris, and Toni Morrison Sam Durrant 2004 single work criticism ; Writing in Crisis : Ethics and History in Gordimer, Ndebele and Coetzee Stefan Helgesson 2004 single work criticism
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