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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 J. M. Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus : The Ethics of Ideas and Things
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'Since the controversy and acclaim that surrounded the publication of Disgrace (1999), the awarding of the Nobel Prize for literature and the publication of Elizabeth Costello: Eight Lessons (both in 2003), J. M. Coetzee's status has begun to steadily rise to the point where he has now outgrown the specialized domain of South African literature. Today he is recognized more simply as one of the most important writers in the English language from the late 20th and early 21st century. Coetzee's productivity and invention has not slowed with old age. The Childhood of Jesus, published in 2013, like Elizabeth Costello, was met with a puzzled reception, as critics struggled to come to terms with its odd setting and structure, its seemingly flat tone, and the strange affectless interactions of its characters. Most puzzling was the central character, David, linked by the title to an idea of Jesus. J.M. Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus: The Ethics of Ideas and Things is at the forefront of an exciting process of critical engagement with this novel, which has begun to uncover its rich dialogue with philosophy, theology, mathematics, politics, and questions of meaning.' (Publication summary)

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What Does J.M. Coetzee's Novel, The Childhood of Jesus Have to Do with the Childhood of Jesus?, Robert Pippin , 2017 single work criticism (p. 9-32)
Pathos of the Future : Writing and Hospitality in Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus, Jean-Michel Rabaté , 2017 single work criticism

'If Coetzee's first novels examined the wounds left by colonial and post-colonial times in South Africa and speak, more often than not, by letting them bleed more openly, the recent novels have focused on new and broader topics. The texts of the recent decade have opened another field, either by launching a sort of 'auto-fiction in which one cannot distinguish between 'real' memories and invented stories, or by creating a new novelistic space to explore. This is the case in The Childhood of Jesus, since the first thing that strikes any reader is that we have to follow the engrossing adventures of Simon and David by adapting, as they do, to a world in which all the rules are new. They look like refugees from another continent, probably devastated by a war or a catastrophe, moving to Novilla, a city designed for immigrants leaving behind their former lives. However, in this new setting, The Childhood of Jesus manages to repeat and invert the main plot of The Master of Petersburg. Both novels are connected by the topos of a father who comes to terms with paternity by facing a son who is not really his son. ' (Introduction)
 

(p. 33-58)
Thinking Through Shit in The Childhood of Jesus, Jennifer Rutherford , 2017 single work criticism (p. 59-82)
Coetzee's Republic : Plato, Borges, and Migrant Memory In The Childhood Of Jesus, Lynda Ng , 2017 single work criticism (p. 83-106)
Creative Intuition : Coetzee, Plato, Bergson and Murnane, Anthony Uhlmann , 2017 single work criticism (p. 107-129)
The Name of the Number : Transfinite Mathematics in The Childhood of Jesus, Baylee Brits , 2017 single work criticism (p. 129-148)
J. M. Coetzee and the Parental Punctum, Sue Kossew , 2017 single work criticism (p. 149-164)
Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus and the Moral Image of the World, Timothy J. Mehigan , 2017 single work criticism (p. 165-186)
Beyond the Literary Theme Park: J. M. Coetzee's Late Style in The Childhood of Jesus, Yoshiki Tajiri , 2017 single work criticism (p. 187-209)

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    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Bloomsbury ,
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      Extent: 208p.
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      • Published: 9th February 2017
         

      ISBN: 9781501318627
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