Strong Opinions: J.M. Coetzee and the Authority of Contemporary Fiction by Chris DantaStrong Opinions: J.M. Coetzee and the Authority of Contemporary Fiction by Chris Danta

Strong Opinions: J.M. Coetzee and the Authority of Contemporary Fiction

EditorChris Danta, Sue Kossew, Julian Murphet

Paperback | March 28, 2013

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This new collection of essays on Coetzee examines how his novels create and unsettle literary authority. Its unique contribution is to show how Coetzee provokes us into reconsidering certain basic formal and existential questions such as the nature of literary realism, the authority of the author and the constitution of the human self in a posthumanist setting by consciously revealing the literary-theoretical seams of his work. Strong Opinions makes the innovative claim that Coetzee's work is driven not by a sense of scepticism or nihilism but rather by a form of controlled exposure that defines the literary. The essays in the volume variously draw attention to three of Coetzee's most recent and significant experiments in controlled exposure. The first is the exposure of place-Coetzee's decision to set his novels in his newly adopted country of Australia. The second is the exposure of form-Coetzee's direct, almost essayistic address of literary-philosophical topics within his novels. And the third is the exposure of limits-Coetzee's explicit deconstruction of the traditional limits of human life.
Chris Danta is Senior Lecturer in English in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts at the University of New South Wales. He has published essays in New Literary History, Textual Practice, Modernism/Modernity, Sub-Stance and Literature and Theology. Sue Kossew is Professor of English at Monash University, Australia. Her pub...
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Title:Strong Opinions: J.M. Coetzee and the Authority of Contemporary FictionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 28, 2013Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1623569583

ISBN - 13:9781623569587

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Contributors Introduction J.M. Coetzee: the Janus Face of Authority Chris Danta Part One: Place 1. J.M. Coetzee's Australian Realism Elleke Boehmer 2. "[I]n Australia you start zero": the Escape from Place in J.M. Coetzee's Late Novels Melinda Harvey 3. J.M. Coetzee and Patrick White: Explorers, Settlers, Guests Maria L¿pez Part Two: Form 4. Coetzee's Opinons Paul Patton 5. Diary of a Bad Year: Parrhesia, Opinion, and Novelistic Form Julian Murphet 6. Realism and Intertextuality in Coetzee's Foe Anthony Uhlmann Part Three: Limits 7. The Trope of Following in J. M. Coetzee's Slow Man Mike Marais 8. Literary Migration: Shifting Borders in Coetzee's Australian Novels Sue Kossew 9. The Melancholy Ape: Coetzee's Fables of Animal Finitude Chris Danta 10. Silence as Heterotopia in Coetzee's Fiction Bill Ashcroft Bibliography Index

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A clearly focussed and helpful contribution to the demanding and as yet barely embarked-upon task of coming to terms with Coetzee's most recent writings.