J.M. Coetzee and the Novel: Writing and Politics after Beckett

Hardcover | September 25, 2010

byPatrick Hayes

not yet rated|write a review
'Anti-illusionism is, I suspect, only a marking of time, a phase of recuperation, in the history of the novel. The question is, what next?' (J.M. Coetzee) This book argues that the significance of Coetzee's 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 Beckett - as part of a sustained attempt to rethink the relationship betweenwriting and politics. For Coetzee questions about the future of the novel are closely related to what it means to write after Beckett, and J.M. Coetzee and the Novel pays special attention to the ways in which his fiction discerningly assimilates different aspects of literary modernism to addressthe questions most fundamental to the experience of late twentieth-century politics. While Coetzee is rightly known as an intensely serious writer, Patrick Hayes shows that the true seriousness of his writing is intimately bound up with comedy - or, to use the word Coetzee borrows from Joyce, the 'jocoserious'. Opening up a range of new approaches to this major contemporary author,J.M. Coetzee and the Novel argues that it is only by paying especially close attention to the experience of reading Coetzee's complex and finely-nuanced fiction that its distinctive and important impact on longstanding questions about identity, community, and the nature of political modernity can beappreciated.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$138.95

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

'Anti-illusionism is, I suspect, only a marking of time, a phase of recuperation, in the history of the novel. The question is, what next?' (J.M. Coetzee) This book argues that the significance of Coetzee's fiction lies in the acuity with which it both explores and develops the tradition of the novel - ranging from Cervantes, Defoe and...

Patrick Hayes teaches modern literature from the eighteenth century to the present day at St John's College, Oxford.

other books by Patrick Hayes

The Making of Modern Immigration: An Encyclopedia of People and Ideas [2 volumes]
The Making of Modern Immigration: An Encyclopedia of Pe...

Kobo ebook|Feb 13 2012

$210.19 online$272.97list price(save 22%)
Miracles: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to the Present…
Miracles: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Supern...

Kobo ebook|Jan 11 2016

$89.99 online$116.80list price(save 22%)
Living the Catholic Social Tradition: Cases and Commentary
Living the Catholic Social Tradition: Cases and Comment...

Kobo ebook|Nov 26 2004

$34.69 online$44.99list price(save 22%)
see all books by Patrick Hayes
Format:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:September 25, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199587957

ISBN - 13:9780199587957

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of J.M. Coetzee and the Novel: Writing and Politics after Beckett

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

Introduction1. Writing and Politics: Contexts and Debates2. Writing and Politics After Beckett3. "JOEY RULES": Telling the Truth in Life and Times of Michael K4. "An author I have not read": Foe, Crime and Punishment, and the Problem of the Novel5. Genre and Countergenre: Age of Iron, Pamela, and Don Quixote6. "Redemption" or "Delegitimisation"? the Artist on Trial in The Master of Petersburg7. "Is this the right image of our nation?" Disgrace and the Seriousness of the Novel8. Cultural Criticism in the Australian FictionSelect BibliographyAcknowledgements