J. M. Coetzee's Politics of Life and Late Modernism in the Contemporary Novel (Hardcover)

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Surveying the full breadth of J. M. Coetzee's career as both academic and novelist, this book argues for the necessity of rethinking his profound indebtedness to literary modernism in terms of a politics of life. Isolating a particular strain of late modernism, epitomised by Kafka and Beckett, Farrant claims that Coetzee's writings consistently demonstrate an agonistic engagement with the concept of life that involves an entanglement of politics and ethics, which supersedes the singular theoretical frameworks often applied to Coetzee, such as postcolonialism, posthumanism and animal studies. Running throughout his engagement with questions of modernity and colonialism, storytelling and life writing, human and non-human life, religion and post-Enlightenment subjectivity, Coetzee's politics of life yield a new literary cosmopolitanism for the twenty-first century; a powerful commentary on our interrelatedness that emphasises finitude and contingency as fundamental to the way we live together.

About the Author


Marc Farrant is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Amsterdam.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781399507783
ISBN-10: 1399507788
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English