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'J. M. Coetzee's early novels confronted readers with a brute reality stripped of human relation and a prose repeatedly described as spare, stark, intense and lyrical. In this book, Jarad Zimbler explores the emergence of a style forged in Coetzee's engagement with the complexities of South African culture and politics. Tracking the development of this style across Coetzee's first eight novels, from Dusklands to Disgrace, Zimbler compares Coetzee's writing with that of South African authors such as Gordimer, Brink and La Guma, whilst re-examining the nature of Coetzee's indebtedness to modernism and postmodernism. In each case, he follows the threads of Coetzee's own writings on stylistics and rhetoric in order to fix on those techniques of language and narrative used to activate a 'politics of style'. In so doing, Zimbler challenges long-held beliefs about Coetzee's oeuvre, and about the ways in which contemporary literatures of the world are to be read and understood.' (Publisher's summary)

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  • Contents:

    Introduction

    1. Neither progress, nor regress

    2. New dimensions

    3. Lyrical situation and rhythmic intensity

    4. Native traditions and strange practices

    5. From bare life to soul language

    Conclusion.

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      Extent: vii, 232p.
      Edition info: 1st ed.
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      • Publication date: June 2014.
      ISBN: 1107046254 (hbk.), 9781107046252 (hbk.), 1107624592 (pbk.), 9781107624597 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

[Review Essay] J.M. Coetzee and the Politics of Style Rachel Hoag , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Journal of Postcolonial Writing , vol. 53 no. 4 2017; (p. 512-513)

'The adjectives often used to describe J.M. Coetzee’s fiction – sparse, taut, stark, lean – have become so familiar to readers and critics as to border on cliché. Less frequent are critical discussions that parse out the linguistic and rhetorical manoeuvres Coetzee uses to hone such economical yet affecting prose. Jarad Zimbler’s analysis attempts to place Coetzee’s style within a broader South African literary context, while also encouraging the field of postcolonial studies to embrace stylistic analysis as a way to move beyond cultural critique and inspire a “re-orientation of postcolonial criticism towards questions of literary technique” (24).' (Introduction)

Review : J. M. Coetzee and the Politics of Style Alexandra Effe , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: English Studies , vol. 97 no. 6 2016; (p. 681-682)

— Review of J. M. Coetzee and the Politics of Style Jarad Zimbler 2014 single work criticism
Review : J. M. Coetzee and the Politics of Style Alexandra Effe , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: English Studies , vol. 97 no. 6 2016; (p. 681-682)

— Review of J. M. Coetzee and the Politics of Style Jarad Zimbler 2014 single work criticism
[Review Essay] J.M. Coetzee and the Politics of Style Rachel Hoag , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Journal of Postcolonial Writing , vol. 53 no. 4 2017; (p. 512-513)

'The adjectives often used to describe J.M. Coetzee’s fiction – sparse, taut, stark, lean – have become so familiar to readers and critics as to border on cliché. Less frequent are critical discussions that parse out the linguistic and rhetorical manoeuvres Coetzee uses to hone such economical yet affecting prose. Jarad Zimbler’s analysis attempts to place Coetzee’s style within a broader South African literary context, while also encouraging the field of postcolonial studies to embrace stylistic analysis as a way to move beyond cultural critique and inspire a “re-orientation of postcolonial criticism towards questions of literary technique” (24).' (Introduction)

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