Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Cultural Criticism in the Australian Fiction
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'This concluding chapter considers Coetzee's Australian fiction in relation to a longstanding tradition of cultural criticism directed at the moral and political condition of modernity. It has recently been argued that this tradition, for all its many differences of emphasis, has as its shared characteristic the deployment of a ‘cultural principle’ that displaces politics and itself lays claim to the role of social authority: this chapter sets Coetzee in the context of the most important new thinking about the tradition of cultural criticism, making special reference to the recent debate between Stefan Collini and Francis Mulhern. It shows that Coetzee sustainedly tries to refuse the moral and political simplifications that at times have characterized this tradition—allusion is made in particular to the work of Benda, Arnold, Nietzsche, and T. S. Eliot—and that his fiction opens up a line of cultural criticism that more subtly navigates the complex terrain of political modernity.' Source: Patrick Hayes.

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    y J. M. Coetzee and the Novel : Writing and Politics after Beckett Patrick Hayes , Oxford : Oxford University Press , 2010 Z1855208 2010 single work criticism 'This book argues that the significance of Coetzee's complex and finely-nuanced fiction lies in the acuity with which it both explores and develops the tradition of the novel - ranging from Cervantes, Defoe, and Richardson, to Dostoevsky, Kafka, and Becket - as part of a sustained attempt to rethink the relationship between writing and politics.' Source: Libraries Australia. Oxford : Oxford University Press , 2010 pg. 223-259
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