J.M. Coetzee and the Novel: Writing and Politics after Beckett by Patrick HayesJ.M. Coetzee and the Novel: Writing and Politics after Beckett by Patrick Hayes

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

byPatrick Hayes

Hardcover | September 25, 2010

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'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.

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

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Title:J.M. Coetzee and the Novel: Writing and Politics after BeckettFormat:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:September 25, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199587957

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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