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

Patrick Hayes


‘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). Placing Coetzee in relation to the long tradition of the novel, from Beckett, Kafka, and Dostoevsky to Richardson, Defoe, and Cervantes, this book argues that Coetzee's significance lies in the acuity with which he has explored the resources of that tradition as part of a sustained attempt to rethink the relationship between writing and politics. For Coetzee questions about the future of the novel are closely related to what it means to wr ... More

Keywords: novel, future of the novel, modernist, modernity, identity, community, politics, political modernity, comedic, Coetzee, Beckett, Kafka, Dostoevsky

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199587957
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587957.001.0001


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Patrick Hayes, author
Teaching Fellow in English Literature at St John's College, Oxford
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