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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (3): 323–352.
Published: 01 September 2022
...Marc Farrant J. M. Coetzee’s 1969 dissertation on Samuel Beckett, which remains unpublished, has been addressed variously within Coetzee studies, but we have not yet appreciated the close relation between this extraordinary postgraduate work and Coetzee’s later fiction. This is partly because...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 289–308.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Yael Levin This paper traces instances of metalepsis in John Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman , Vladimir Nabokov’s Bend Sinister , Karin Fossum’s Broken , and J. M. Coetzee’s Slow Man . In its collapsing of narrative levels, that stylistic device is commonly seen as dramatizing a uniquely...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 March 2017
.... Copyright © Hofstra University 2017 Derrida Friday metafiction religion repetition sacrifice J. M. Coetzee’s novel Foe begins with a shipwreck and ends with a confrontation underwater, as an unnamed, previously unvoiced narrator encounters Friday in a place “where bodies are their own...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 70–85.
Published: 01 March 2011
... politics that is not itself political? —J. M. Coetzee (Diary 9) What are we to make of J. M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year? One of the first things to note is that it is an unconventionally structured text, to say the least. Consisting as it does...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (2): 168–195.
Published: 01 June 2010
... erected. That standard is the body. Whatever else, the body is not “that which is not,” and the proof that it is is the pain that it feels . . . Not grace, then, but at least the body. —J. M. Coetzee (“Autobiography” 248) Upon its publication in 1990, Age...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 34–53.
Published: 01 March 2011
...Tonje Vold Copyright © Hofstra University 2011 Tonje Vold How to “rise above mere nationality”: Coetzee’s Novels Youth and Slow Man in the World Republic of Letters Tonje Vold J. M. Coetzee’s work presents critical reflections on literature that circulate beyond their culture...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 54–69.
Published: 01 March 2011
... of awakening the countervoices in oneself and embarking upon speech with them. ––J. M. Coetzee (Doubling the Point 65) Questions, concepts, ideas: all these must be given a home, a com- munity, before they begin to make sense. “History,” writes the novelist in J. M...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 86–104.
Published: 01 March 2011
...Julian Murphet Copyright © Hofstra University 2011 Julian Murphet Coetzee and Late Style: Exile within the Form Julian Murphet Let us trace a theme, but more than a theme, an enactment, of exile as it has come to inform the recent work of J. M. Coetzee. Exile I mean...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (1): 1–21.
Published: 01 March 2006
... the establishment of the TRC by 15 years, J. M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians anticipates and challenges theTRC’s conflation of the quest for truth with the quest for justice. Like the TRC, much of the criticism of Coetzee s novel sees exposing the experiences of the oppressed as a sort of justice...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 1–8.
Published: 01 March 2011
... Murphet Introduction To suggest that there is an untimeliness about J. M. Coetzee’s latest se- quence of anti-novels, from Youth (2002) through to Summertime (2009), is to observe a determinate lack of fit—perhaps even an unfitness—between the writing and its time, or times...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 365–375.
Published: 01 June 2012
... chapters on figures as different as Caryl Phillips, V. S. Naipaul, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Zoë Wicomb, and J. M. Coetzee. Each of these discussions contains theoretical subsections that operate like philosophical interludes, placing fiction writers in dialogue with such conceptually diverse thinkers...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 597–617.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Deirdre Coleman Copyright © Hofstra University 2009 The “Dog-Man”: Race, Sex, Species, and Lineage in Coetzee’s Disgrace The “Dog-Man”: Race, Sex, Species, and Lineage in Coetzee’s Disgrace Deirdre Coleman In J. M. Coetzee’s most recent novel, Summertime, Sophie Denoël, one...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 20–33.
Published: 01 March 2011
...Paul Sheehan Copyright © Hofstra University 2011 Paul Sheehan The Disasters of Youth:  Coetzee and Geomodernism Paul Sheehan The myth of the persecuted artist is something with which J. M. Coetzee is no doubt well acquainted. We need only think about his re- search...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (2): 225–232.
Published: 01 June 2023
... African, South Asian, and Caribbean fiction in English from the 1950s to the present, Krentz analyzes writing by, among others, Chinua Achebe, J. M. Coetzee, Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, and Edwidge Danticat. In highlighting the centrality of disability in these texts, he acknowledges that “disability...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 9–19.
Published: 01 March 2011
... adopted country. Notes 1. I discuss the (South) African provenance of JC’s ideas about the State more fully in “Mastering Authority: J. M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year,” Social Dy- namics 36.1 (March 2010): 214-21. 2. See David Attwell, “Coetzee’s Estrangements,” in Novel: A Forum on Fiction...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (4): 530–534.
Published: 01 December 2007
... and shaped by influences and interests from far away. (14) Barnard starts with a chapter on J. M. Coetzee’s writing that uses the Twentieth-Century Literature 53.4 Winter 2007 530 Review spatial concept of the “dream topography” to explore the “ethical and political dimensions...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 423–444.
Published: 01 December 2009
..., our science will appear incomplete” (300). It is such an Arnoldian func- tion for literature that Deirdre Coleman discerns in her contribution to this issue when she notes that, when faced with moral and emotional crisis, J. M. Coetzee’s David Lurie—a literature professor relegated...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (1): 181–188.
Published: 01 March 2013
... argues that postcolonial studies has given too much attention to the “cultural and textual dimensions of imperial rule” (107) and too little to “imperialism’s unrelenting physical power,” an idea which informs his chapter about J. M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians (2003). Spencer argues...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 491–498.
Published: 01 December 2021
... of literary ethics; the implicit underlying question is how Hale’s definition of the novelistic relates to the broad swath of literary texts commonly referred to as novels. It is illuminating that chapter 4 presents J. M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello (2003)—usually treated by critics as a generic limit-case...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (4): 467–490.
Published: 01 December 2005
... animals over the philosophical animal, Derrida comes uncannily close to two of J. M. Coetzee’s recent literary creations: the Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello who appears in The Lives of Ani­ mals (1999) and Elizabeth Costello (2003), and the South African university professor David Lurie...