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'A young English biographer is working on a book about the late writer, John Coetzee. He plans to focus on the years from 1972 - 1977 when Coetzee, in his thirties, is sharing a run-down cottage in the suburbs of Cape Town with his widowed father. This, the biographer senses, is the period when he was finding his feet as a writer. Never having met Coetzee, he embarks on a series of interviews with people who were important to him: a married woman with whom he had an affair, his favourite cousin Margot, a Brazilian dancer whose daughter had English lessons with him, former friends and colleagues. From their testimony emerges a portrait of the young Coetzee as an awkward, bookish individual with little talent for opening himself to others. Within the family he is regarded as an outsider, someone who tried to flee the tribe and has now returned, chastened. His insistence on doing manual work, his long hair and beard, rumours that he writes poetry evoke nothing but suspicion in the South Africa of the time.

Sometimes heartbreaking, often very funny, Summertime shows us a great writer as he limbers up for his task. It completes the majestic trilogy of fictionalised memoir begun with Boyhood and Youth.' (Provided by the publisher.)

Notes

  • Author's note:

    My thanks to Marilia Bandeira for assistance with Brazilian Portuguese, and to the estate of Samuel Beckett for permission to quote (in fact to misquote) from Waiting for Godot.

  • Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life is the third book in Coetzee's trilogy of fictionalised memoir after Boyhood and Youth. All three books were revised and published collectively under the title Scenes from Provincial Life in 2011.
  • The bibliographical listing of this work has been extended in the course of a 2014/15 project to create a comprehensive bibliography of Coetzee's works. We believe the record for the novel and its relationship to the revised version in Scenes of Provincial Life is comprehensive. However, due to the enormous breadth of critical material on Coetzee's work, indexing of secondary sources is not complete.

    We are grateful for the author's and Indiana University's Professor Breon Mitchell's assistance in compiling this record.

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      A series of large-print books published by Stichting Uitgeverij XL. Translations of J. M. Coetzee's novels feature in this series.

      Number in series: 1606

Works about this Work

J. M. Coetzee’s Literature of Hospice Katherine Hallemeier , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Modern Fiction Studies , Fall vol. 62 no. 3 2016; (p. 481-498)
'Near the end of J. M. Coetzee’s fictionalized memoir Summertime, an undated fragment from the notes of the protagonist John Coetzee presents the character at a crossroads. A cancerous tumor is found on his father’s larynx. After the prescribed laryngectomy, John perceives his father “like a corpse, the corpse of an old man” (262–63).1 John’s father is returned to his home by ambulance workers who provide a sheet of instructions before departing. In the fiction’s closing lines John gradually realizes his father’s care has become his responsibility: “It is not [the ambulance workers’] business, taking care of the wound, taking care of the patient. Their business is to convey the patient to his or her place of residence. After that it is the patient’s business, or the patient’s family’s business, or else no one’s business”. (Author's introduction)
Beyond the Death of the Author : Summertime and J. M. Coetzee's Afterlives Donald Powers , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Life Writing , vol. 13 no. 3 2016; (p. 323-334)
'This paper begins by exploring via Roland Barthes's eponymous book about himself the implications of the premise of J. M. Coetzee's novel Summertime that the author John Coetzee is dead. I show how Summertime’s fragmented structure and echoes from Coetzee's earlier novels undermine the idea of a coherent authorial subject, and how emigration and acts of translation in the novel are central to how Coetzee's personality, life, and work are interpreted. The paper goes on to examine the influence of Nabokov's work on Coetzee's later fictions, with an emphasis on the interplay between Nabokov's actual and fictionalised struggles with his biographers. The paper concludes by arguing that J. C. Kannemeyer's biography of Coetzee, notwithstanding its claims to objective detachment, cannot but be read as a text scripted in the spirit of Coetzee's novel. ...'
The Grounds of Cynical Self-Doubt : J.M. Coetzee’s Boyhood, Youth and Summertime Sam Cardoena , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Literary Studies , vol. 30 no. 1 2014; (p. 94-112)

'In this article, I argue that J.M. Coetzee’s autobiographical trilogy can be read as a set of texts in which the author responds to the problem of cynical self-doubt, as it is described in Coetzee’s writings on confession from the mid-1980s. Against Derek Attridge’s critical view of the relation between Coetzee’s autobiographies and these early writings, I argue that Coetzee’s texts do not passively abide by the author’s early scepticism, but rather inspect the grounds of cynical self-doubt and show its position to be intellectually confused. I specifically demonstrate that Coetzee’s texts present cynical self-doubt as an intellectualisation of akratic failure (weakness of will). The texts not only analyse the crisis from which cynical self-doubt emerges, but also try to look beyond a sceptical perspective. With this in mind, this article will read Coetzee’s autobiographies as writings that “aspire to a condition of gossip”. In this aspiration, the autobiographies point to an ethic of assent they themselves cannot yet fully inhabit.' (Author's abstract)

Titular Space in J.M. Coetzee's Summertime : A Maquette for a Portrait, or a Self-Portrait, of the Artist Finding His Feet Brian Macaskill , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: MediaTropes , vol. 4 no. 2 2014; (p. 114-143)
'This essay considers the title of J.M. Coetzee’s Summertime from the perspective of a remark Coetzee makes in Doubling the Point that ‘all writing is autobiographical,’ and posits a concept of ‘titular space’ tropologically exceeding the ‘reality effect’ envisaged by Roland Barthes.' (Publication summary)
The Gate Deferred : J.M. Coetzee and the Battle Against Doubt Scott Esposito , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 73 no. 3 2013; (p. 90-111)
'Esposito writes of Coetzee's characters (it is not Elizabeth Costello alone) in effect morally naked at the Gate, awaiting admission after - or so they think - the passing of a last judgement, but what is it that is expected of them, and what is this a gate to? (David Brooks, 'Editorial' p. 6)
The Postcolonial Writer in Performance : J. M. Coetzee’s Summertime Serena Guarracino , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses , no. 26 2013; (p. 101-112)
'This essay focuses on the elaboration of postcolonial literature as an event emerging from the interaction among the many and diverse agencies which allow the postcolonial work to come into being. This formulation both highlights the repetition of tropes in postcolonial literature and the variations to the tropes themselves, which can become ethically and politically relevant by creating an interruption in accepted notions of what a postcolonial work should sound like. Following this lead, the essay will outline a methodological approach which interprets the literary work as a performative act in the complex nexus of discourses constituting the postcolonial writer as a figure of the global collective imaginary, taking as case study J. M. Coetzee’s work with particular focus on his Nobel Prize lecture and the third instalment of his memoir series, Summertime (2009). His work, together with others, is taken as a symptom of how public lectures and statements, together with the literary work proper, have all become an expression of the writer’s own performativity as a writer; while these phenomena have an impact on literature as a whole, the essay focuses on the postcolonial writer figure as historically endowed with what Kobena Mercer has famously termed “the burden of representation.”' (Publication abstract)
y Acts of Visitation : The Narrative of J.M. Coetzee María J. López , Amsterdam New York (City) : Rodopi , 2011 Z1880004 2011 single work criticism

'This study traces, in J.M. Coetzee's fictional and non-fictional production, an imaginative and intellectual masterplot deriving from Coetzee's perception of European presence in (South) Africa as having its origin in an act of illegitimate penetration and fraudulent visitation. In Coetzee's novels, the historical and political problem of a hostile occupation and unfair distribution of the land finds a correspondence in the domestic space of house and farm, and the uneasy cohabitation of its occupants, along with the relation between hosts and guests. The seminal dimension of the categories of penetration and visitation is highlighted, as these are shown to operate not only on a spatial level but also on an epistemological, physical, psychological, hermeneutic, metafictional and ethical one: we encounter literary and psychological secrets that resist decipherment, bodies that cannot be penetrated, writers depicted as intruders, parents that ask to be welcomed by their children.
This study also identifies, in Coetzee's narrative, an ethical proposal grounded on a logic of excess and unconditionality - a logic of 'not enough' - lying behind certain acts of hospitality, friendship, kindness, care, and guidance to the gate of death, acts that may transform prevailing unequal socio-historical conditions and hostile personal relationships, characterized by a logic of parasitism and intrusion. As the figure of the writer progressively gains explicit prominence in Coetzee's literary production, special attention will be paid to it, as it alternately appears as secretary and master, migrant and intruder, pervert and foe, citizen and neighbour. Overall, Acts of Visitation analyzes how Coetzee's works depict the (South) African land, the Karoo farm, the familial household or the writer's and literary character's house as simultaneously contending and redemptive sites in which urgent historical, ethical, and metafictional issues are spatially explored and dramatized.' (Publishers' website)

Works published before Coetzee's arrival in Australia including, Dusklands, In the Heart of the Country, Waiting for the Barbarians, Life &​ Times of Michael K, Age of Iron, Disgrace, Foe, Boyhood and The Master of Petersburg are also discussed in this critical work.

Untitled Geordie Williamson , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 72 2011; (p. 56)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Page Turners Gillian Dooley , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , January no. 359 2010; (p. 27)
Coetzee Wins Prize 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 19 May 2010; (p. 29)
In Line For Literary Honours Deborah Bogle , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 July 2010; (p. 16)
Off the Top Shelf Catherine Cole , Mark Rubbo , Michael Shmith , Clare Wright , Gig Ryan , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 31 July 2010; (p. 24-25)
The judges for the 2010 Age Book of the Year Awards provide a summary for the category for which they are responsible and comments on each shortlisted title.
Overflow Rosemary Sorensen , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 October 2010; (p. 19)
Sleaze Hounds and Artists on Oath : The State of Australian Biography Gideon Haigh , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings , July no. 2 2010; (p. 19-25)
Busybodies? Voyeurs? Time to Get a Life Felicity Plunkett , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , June vol. 5 no. 5 2010; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Creative Lives : Personal Papers of Australian Writers and Artists Penelope Hanley 2009 selected work biography ; The Intimate Archive : Journeys through Private Papers Maryanne Dever Ann Vickery Sally Newman 2009 single work criticism ; Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Plunkett 'contemplates the troubled relationship between biographical writing and fiction.'
Untitled Robert Lumsden , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 2 no. 2 2010;

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Chimp Could Make Chump of Coetzee Jason Steger , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 30 July 2009; (p. 9)
Heading the Field Alison Flood , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 2 August 2009; (p. 27)
Coetzee a Booker Finalist 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 9 September 2009; (p. 3)
Byatt Eyes Man Booker 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 9 September 2009; (p. 7)
Sun, Sex and Self-Scrutiny A. P. Riemer , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 August 2009; (p. 28-29)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Self-Portrait of a Critical Master Sandy McCutcheon , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 29 - 30 August 2009; (p. 24)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Just Passing Through Delia Falconer , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , September vol. 4 no. 8 2009; (p. 5-7)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 5 September 2009; (p. 24)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Dissection of the Self Geordie Williamson , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 September 2009; (p. 24-25)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Through the Eyes of Others Peter Craven , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 5 September 2009; (p. 19)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Guerrilla Raid on Sincerity: Scourging Negativity in J.M. Coetzee's new 'novel' James Ley , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 314 2009; (p. 9-11)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
A Federer Game Inga Clendinnen , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , September no. 49 2009; (p. 72-74)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
One of the Tribe Patrick Denman Flanery , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 11 September no. 5554 2009; (p. 19-20)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Love, Hate and All Between Daphne Guinness , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 20 September 2009; (p. 12)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Books Ian Nichols , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 3 October 2009; (p. 20)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Untitled David Cohen , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , September vol. 89 no. 2 2009; (p. 28)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Books of the Year Caryl Phillips , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 27 November no. 5565 2009; (p. 14)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
J. M. Coetzee, a Disembodied Man Jonathan Dee , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 27 December vol. 114 no. 52 2009; (p. 12)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Fictioneering Frank Kermode , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 8 October vol. 31 no. 19 2009; (p. 9-10)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Busybodies? Voyeurs? Time to Get a Life Felicity Plunkett , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , June vol. 5 no. 5 2010; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Creative Lives : Personal Papers of Australian Writers and Artists Penelope Hanley 2009 selected work biography ; The Intimate Archive : Journeys through Private Papers Maryanne Dever Ann Vickery Sally Newman 2009 single work criticism ; Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Plunkett 'contemplates the troubled relationship between biographical writing and fiction.'
Untitled Robert Lumsden , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 2 no. 2 2010;

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Untitled Geordie Williamson , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 72 2011; (p. 56)

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Review : Summertime by JM Coetzee Thomas Jones , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian , 6 September 2009;

— Review of Summertime : Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee 2009 single work novel
Chimp Could Make Chump of Coetzee Jason Steger , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 30 July 2009; (p. 9)
Heading the Field Alison Flood , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 2 August 2009; (p. 27)
Coetzee a Booker Finalist 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 9 September 2009; (p. 3)
Byatt Eyes Man Booker 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 9 September 2009; (p. 7)
Overflow Rosemary Sorensen , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19-20 September 2009; (p. 19)
A column canvassing current literary news including brief reports on the reception of J. M. Coetzee's Summertime and on an interactive installation in Brisbane allowing members of the public to re-write Dorothea Mackellar's 'My Country'.
Looking Back for Fiction's Big One Helen Elliott , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 3 October 2009; (p. 25)
Helen Elliott discusses the shortlisted books for the 2009 Booker Prize.
Third Person Puzzled Gordon Kerry , 2009 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , October vol. 4 no. 9 2009; (p. 27)
Page Turners Gillian Dooley , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , January no. 359 2010; (p. 27)
Coetzee Wins Prize 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 19 May 2010; (p. 29)
In Line For Literary Honours Deborah Bogle , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 July 2010; (p. 16)
Off the Top Shelf Catherine Cole , Mark Rubbo , Michael Shmith , Clare Wright , Gig Ryan , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 31 July 2010; (p. 24-25)
The judges for the 2010 Age Book of the Year Awards provide a summary for the category for which they are responsible and comments on each shortlisted title.
Overflow Rosemary Sorensen , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 October 2010; (p. 19)
Sleaze Hounds and Artists on Oath : The State of Australian Biography Gideon Haigh , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings , July no. 2 2010; (p. 19-25)
y Acts of Visitation : The Narrative of J.M. Coetzee María J. López , Amsterdam New York (City) : Rodopi , 2011 Z1880004 2011 single work criticism

'This study traces, in J.M. Coetzee's fictional and non-fictional production, an imaginative and intellectual masterplot deriving from Coetzee's perception of European presence in (South) Africa as having its origin in an act of illegitimate penetration and fraudulent visitation. In Coetzee's novels, the historical and political problem of a hostile occupation and unfair distribution of the land finds a correspondence in the domestic space of house and farm, and the uneasy cohabitation of its occupants, along with the relation between hosts and guests. The seminal dimension of the categories of penetration and visitation is highlighted, as these are shown to operate not only on a spatial level but also on an epistemological, physical, psychological, hermeneutic, metafictional and ethical one: we encounter literary and psychological secrets that resist decipherment, bodies that cannot be penetrated, writers depicted as intruders, parents that ask to be welcomed by their children.
This study also identifies, in Coetzee's narrative, an ethical proposal grounded on a logic of excess and unconditionality - a logic of 'not enough' - lying behind certain acts of hospitality, friendship, kindness, care, and guidance to the gate of death, acts that may transform prevailing unequal socio-historical conditions and hostile personal relationships, characterized by a logic of parasitism and intrusion. As the figure of the writer progressively gains explicit prominence in Coetzee's literary production, special attention will be paid to it, as it alternately appears as secretary and master, migrant and intruder, pervert and foe, citizen and neighbour. Overall, Acts of Visitation analyzes how Coetzee's works depict the (South) African land, the Karoo farm, the familial household or the writer's and literary character's house as simultaneously contending and redemptive sites in which urgent historical, ethical, and metafictional issues are spatially explored and dramatized.' (Publishers' website)

Works published before Coetzee's arrival in Australia including, Dusklands, In the Heart of the Country, Waiting for the Barbarians, Life &​ Times of Michael K, Age of Iron, Disgrace, Foe, Boyhood and The Master of Petersburg are also discussed in this critical work.

The Grounds of Cynical Self-Doubt : J.M. Coetzee’s Boyhood, Youth and Summertime Sam Cardoena , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Literary Studies , vol. 30 no. 1 2014; (p. 94-112)

'In this article, I argue that J.M. Coetzee’s autobiographical trilogy can be read as a set of texts in which the author responds to the problem of cynical self-doubt, as it is described in Coetzee’s writings on confession from the mid-1980s. Against Derek Attridge’s critical view of the relation between Coetzee’s autobiographies and these early writings, I argue that Coetzee’s texts do not passively abide by the author’s early scepticism, but rather inspect the grounds of cynical self-doubt and show its position to be intellectually confused. I specifically demonstrate that Coetzee’s texts present cynical self-doubt as an intellectualisation of akratic failure (weakness of will). The texts not only analyse the crisis from which cynical self-doubt emerges, but also try to look beyond a sceptical perspective. With this in mind, this article will read Coetzee’s autobiographies as writings that “aspire to a condition of gossip”. In this aspiration, the autobiographies point to an ethic of assent they themselves cannot yet fully inhabit.' (Author's abstract)

The Gate Deferred : J.M. Coetzee and the Battle Against Doubt Scott Esposito , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 73 no. 3 2013; (p. 90-111)
'Esposito writes of Coetzee's characters (it is not Elizabeth Costello alone) in effect morally naked at the Gate, awaiting admission after - or so they think - the passing of a last judgement, but what is it that is expected of them, and what is this a gate to? (David Brooks, 'Editorial' p. 6)
Titular Space in J.M. Coetzee's Summertime : A Maquette for a Portrait, or a Self-Portrait, of the Artist Finding His Feet Brian Macaskill , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: MediaTropes , vol. 4 no. 2 2014; (p. 114-143)
'This essay considers the title of J.M. Coetzee’s Summertime from the perspective of a remark Coetzee makes in Doubling the Point that ‘all writing is autobiographical,’ and posits a concept of ‘titular space’ tropologically exceeding the ‘reality effect’ envisaged by Roland Barthes.' (Publication summary)
The Postcolonial Writer in Performance : J. M. Coetzee’s Summertime Serena Guarracino , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses , no. 26 2013; (p. 101-112)
'This essay focuses on the elaboration of postcolonial literature as an event emerging from the interaction among the many and diverse agencies which allow the postcolonial work to come into being. This formulation both highlights the repetition of tropes in postcolonial literature and the variations to the tropes themselves, which can become ethically and politically relevant by creating an interruption in accepted notions of what a postcolonial work should sound like. Following this lead, the essay will outline a methodological approach which interprets the literary work as a performative act in the complex nexus of discourses constituting the postcolonial writer as a figure of the global collective imaginary, taking as case study J. M. Coetzee’s work with particular focus on his Nobel Prize lecture and the third instalment of his memoir series, Summertime (2009). His work, together with others, is taken as a symptom of how public lectures and statements, together with the literary work proper, have all become an expression of the writer’s own performativity as a writer; while these phenomena have an impact on literature as a whole, the essay focuses on the postcolonial writer figure as historically endowed with what Kobena Mercer has famously termed “the burden of representation.”' (Publication abstract)
J. M. Coetzee’s Literature of Hospice Katherine Hallemeier , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Modern Fiction Studies , Fall vol. 62 no. 3 2016; (p. 481-498)
'Near the end of J. M. Coetzee’s fictionalized memoir Summertime, an undated fragment from the notes of the protagonist John Coetzee presents the character at a crossroads. A cancerous tumor is found on his father’s larynx. After the prescribed laryngectomy, John perceives his father “like a corpse, the corpse of an old man” (262–63).1 John’s father is returned to his home by ambulance workers who provide a sheet of instructions before departing. In the fiction’s closing lines John gradually realizes his father’s care has become his responsibility: “It is not [the ambulance workers’] business, taking care of the wound, taking care of the patient. Their business is to convey the patient to his or her place of residence. After that it is the patient’s business, or the patient’s family’s business, or else no one’s business”. (Author's introduction)
Beyond the Death of the Author : Summertime and J. M. Coetzee's Afterlives Donald Powers , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Life Writing , vol. 13 no. 3 2016; (p. 323-334)
'This paper begins by exploring via Roland Barthes's eponymous book about himself the implications of the premise of J. M. Coetzee's novel Summertime that the author John Coetzee is dead. I show how Summertime’s fragmented structure and echoes from Coetzee's earlier novels undermine the idea of a coherent authorial subject, and how emigration and acts of translation in the novel are central to how Coetzee's personality, life, and work are interpreted. The paper goes on to examine the influence of Nabokov's work on Coetzee's later fictions, with an emphasis on the interplay between Nabokov's actual and fictionalised struggles with his biographers. The paper concludes by arguing that J. C. Kannemeyer's biography of Coetzee, notwithstanding its claims to objective detachment, cannot but be read as a text scripted in the spirit of Coetzee's novel. ...'
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