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J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Reading: Literature in the Event


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Nobel Prize-winning novelist J. M. Coetzee is one of the most widely taught contemporary writers, but also one of the most elusive. Many critics who have addressed his work have devoted themselves to rendering it more accessible and acceptable, often playing down the features that discomfort and perplex his readers.

Yet it is just these features, Derek Attridge argues, that give Coetzee's work its haunting power and offer its greatest rewards. Attridge does justice to this power and these rewards in a study that serves as an introduction for readers new to Coetzee and a stimulus for thought for those who know his work well. Without overlooking the South African dimension of his fiction, Attridge treats Coetzee as a writer who raises questions of central importance to current debates both within literary studies and more widely in the ethical arena. Implicit throughout the book is Attridge's view that literature, more than philosophy, politics, or even religion, does singular justice to our ethical impulses and acts. Attridge follows Coetzee's lead in exploring a number of issues such as interpretation and literary judgment, responsibility to the other, trust and betrayal, artistic commitment, confession, and the problematic idea of truth to the self.

About the Author

Derek Attridge is professor of English at the University of York. He is the author or editor of numerous works, including Peculiar Language, Joyce Effects, Meter and Meaning, Poetic Rhythm, and The Singularity of Literature.

Table of Contents



1. Modernist Form and the Ethics of Otherness

Dusklands and In the Heart of the Country

2. Against Allegory

Waiting for the Barbarians and Life & Times of Michael K

3. The Silence of the Canon


4. Trusting the Other

Age of Iron

5. Expecting the Unexpected

The Master of Petersburg

6. Confessing in the Third Person

Boyhood and Youth

7. Age of Bronze, State of Grace


Epilogue: A Writer's Life

Elizabeth Costello

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Attridge, Derek
University of Chicago Press
Semiotics & Theory
Modernism (literature)
Ethics in literature
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Difference (Psychology) in literature
Literary Criticism : General
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9 x 6 x 0.7 in

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