Between Illusionism and Anti-Illusionism: Self-Reflexivity in the Chosen Novels of J. M. Coetzee (BOK)

Marek Pawlicki

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Between "Illusionism" and "Anti-Illusionism": Self-Reflexivity in the Chosen Novels of J. M. Coetzee takes as its premise J. M. Coetzee's distinction between "illusionism" and "anti-illusionism": the realist and the self-reflexive traditions in prose fiction. The aim of this critical study is to demonstrate that these two traditions are not opposed, but rather complementary to each other, and enrich the novel as a genre. Based on Marek Pawlicki's doctoral thesis, the book is a detailed analysis of Coetzee's oeuvre, paying particular attention to the impact of the writer's literary essays on his fiction. Insofar as it looks into the ways in which Coetzee's work as a critic has affected his novels, this book deals with the relation between fiction and literary criticism. Chapters One to Five, devoted to Dusklands, In the Heart of the Country, Age of Iron and Summertime, are concerned with the issue of subjectivity in confessional discourse and the boundary between fiction and autobiography. Chapters Six to Eight, concentrating on Foe, Slow Man, The Master of Petersburg, and Elizabeth Costello, offer insight into Coetzee's views on literary creation and the role of the writer in society. Between "Illusionism" and "Anti-Illusionism" also examines intertextual relations between Coetzee's novels and the works of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Kafka and Beckett.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Marek Pawlicki
Forlag
BERTRAMS
ISBN 9781443853040
Antall sider 200 Dimensjoner 14,7cm x 20,8cm x 2,3cm
Vekt 431 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: from c 1900 -