J.M. Coetzee

Interestingly enough, then, Coetzee emigrated to Australia and in 2006 officially became an Australian citizen. After receiving a PhD in linguistics in 1969, Coetzee taught English Literature in institutions in the USA and South Africa, becoming the University of Cape Town's Distinguished Professor of Literature between 1999 and 2001 before he retired in 2002 to Adelaide. Coetzee has a number of critical publications, many of which are now central to the field of literary criticism, and particularly to those concerned with postcolonialism and its relation to literature. The geographical zones of South Africa and Australia, each with their own different but equally fraught colonial histories, are the sites of all his novels. Furthermore, Coetzee's novels that locate themselves in an explicitly colonial setting, such as In the Heart of the Country (1977) and Waiting for the Barbarians (1980), simultaneously present the reader with bare, sparse landscapes and colonialists situated in far-flung outback areas, that are reminiscent of Southern Africa and Australia, without ever actually specifying the precise historic-geographical location. However, other novels, such as Coetzee’s...
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1 J.M. Coetzee

Professor Peter McDonald gives a talk on the work of South African Nobel Laureate, J.M. Coetzee...

Peter McDonald
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1 J.M. Coetzee

Professor Peter McDonald gives a talk on the work of South African Nobel Laureate, J.M. Coetzee...

Peter McDonald
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1 J.M. Coetzee

Born in 1940 in Cape Town to parents of Afrikaner descent, the life of John Maxwell Coetzee (pen...

Dominic Davies
2 Contemporary Writers - Introduction

The parameters of both 'Contemporary' and 'Postcolonial', the adjectives that preface the...

Dominic Davies