J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Narrative Transgression

A Reconsideration of Metalepsis

Authors: Effe, Alexandra

  • Contributes to an ongoing debate in Coetzee criticism about ethics, politics, and form
  • Integrates the work of the leading critics in the field, such as Clarkson, Hayes, Attwell and Attridge
  • Combines theoretical argument and narratalogical analysis
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About this book

This book is about the metanarrative and metafictional elements of J. M. Coetzee’s novels. It draws together authorship, readership, ethics, and formal analysis into one overarching argument about how narratives work the boundary between art and life. On the basis of Coetzee’s writing, it reconsiders the concept of metalepsis, challenges common understandings of self-reflexive discourse, and invites us to rethink our practice as critics and readers.
This study analyzes Coetzee’s novels in three chapters organized thematically around the author’s relation with character, reader, and self. Author and character are discussed on the basis of Foe, Slow Man, and Coetzee’s Nobel lecture, 'He and His Man'. Stories featuring the character Elizabeth Costello, or the figuration Elizabeth Curren, serve to elaborate the relation of author and reader. The study ends on a reading of Summertime, Diary of a Bad Year, and Dusklands as Coetzee’s engagement with autobiographical writing, analyzing the relation of author and self. It will appeal to readers with an interest in literary and narrative theory as much as to Coetzee scholars and advanced students.

About the authors

Alexandra Effe is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) at Giessen University, Germany. She has published articles on autobiographical writing and on literary and narrative theory.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Metalepsis as Ethics

    Effe, Alexandra

    Pages 1-23

  • Author and Character: Of Fathers, Foes, and Figurations

    Effe, Alexandra

    Pages 25-60

  • Author and Reader: Communication, Creation, and Care

    Effe, Alexandra

    Pages 61-98

  • Author and Self: Accounting for Voices and Worlds

    Effe, Alexandra

    Pages 99-155

  • Conclusion

    Effe, Alexandra

    Pages 157-160

Buy this book

eBook £52.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-60101-4
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Hardcover £66.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-60100-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Narrative Transgression
Book Subtitle
A Reconsideration of Metalepsis
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-60101-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-60101-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-60100-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 172
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