J. M. Coetzee

J. M. Coetzee: (John Maxwell Coetzee) (kö´tsē), 1940–, South African novelist, b. John Michael Coetzee. Educated at the Univ. of Cape Town (M.A. 1963) and the Univ. of Texas (Ph.D. 1969), he taught in the United States and returned home (1983) to become a professor of English literature at Cape Town. He immigrated to Australia in 2002, becoming a citizen there in 2006, and working as a research fellow at the Univ. of Adelaide. Several of Coetzee's novels are noted for their eloquent protest against political and social conditions in South Africa, particularly the suffering caused by imperialism, apartheid, and postapartheid violence. His books are also known for their technical virtuosity. Often melancholy and detached in tone and spare in style, his fiction treats themes of human violence and loss, weakness and defeat, and isolation and survival. His novels include In the Heart of the Country (1977); Waiting for the Barbarians (1982); the Man Booker Prize–winning Life and Times of Michael K (1983) and Disgrace (1999); The Master of Petersburg (1994); Elizabeth Costello (2003); Slow Man (2005); and Diary of a Bad Year (2007). The last three, written after his move to Australia, have Australian settings and show a more pronounced philosophical orientation. The Childhood of Jesus (2013) is a mysterious, ahistorical fable of a man and a child exiled in a stark, quasisocialist world; The Schooldays of Jesus (2016) is its sequel. Among Coetzee's other writings are an autobiographical trilogy—Boyhood (1997), Youth (2002), and the fictionalized Summertime (2009)—as well as several essay collections including the literary essays in Inner Workings (2007) and Late Essays: 2006–2017 (2018). He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.

See D. Attwell, ed., Doubling the Point: Essays and Interviews (1992); P. Auster and J. M. Coetzee, Here and Now: Letters, 2008–2011 (2013); studies by D. Penner (1989), D. Attwell (1993), G. Huggan and S. Watson, ed. (1996), D. Head (1997), S. Kossew, ed. (1998), D. Attridge (2004), M. Canepari-Labib (2005), J. Poynter, ed. (2006), L. Sikorska, ed. (2006), L. Wright (2006), and A. Leist and P. Singer (2010).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

J. M. Coetzee: Selected full-text books and articles

The Lives of Animals By J. M. Coetzee; Marjorie Garber; Wendy Doniger; Barbara Smuts; Peter Singer; Amy Gutmann Princeton University Press, 1999
The Writer and Religion By William H. Gass; Lorin Cuoco Southern Illinois University Press, 2000
Librarian's tip: "Taking Offense" by J. M. Coetzee begins on p. 136
J.M. Coetzee's Austerities By Graham Bradshaw; Michael Neill Routledge, 2016
Postcolonial Poetics: Genre and Form By Patrick Crowley; Jane Hiddleston Liverpool University Press, 2011
Autofiction and Fictionalisation: J.M. Coetzee's Novels and Boyhood By Neimneh, Shadi Transnational Literature, Vol. 7, No. 2, May 2015
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New Research on J.M. Coetzee By de Jong, Marianne Journal of Literary Studies, Vol. 21, No. 3-4, December 2005
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Great World Writers: Twentieth Century By Patrick M. O'Neil Marshall Cavendish, vol.2, 2004
J.M. Coetzee and the Idea of Africa By Attwell, David Journal of Literary Studies, Vol. 25, No. 4, December 2009
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J. M. Coetzee and the Postcolonial Rhetoric of Simultaneity By Lin, Lidan International Fiction Review, Vol. 28, No. 1-2, January 2001
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The Language of Fiction in a World of Pain: Reading Politics as Paradox By Barbara J. Eckstein University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990
Librarian's tip: "Torture and Interrogation: J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians" begins on p. 68 and "'Race Is Not an Issue': J. M. Coetzee's Life and Times of Michael K" begins on p. 93
On Literature By J. Hillis Miller Routledge, 2002
Librarian's tip: "Foe as Revisionist Commentary" begins on p. 133
Islands and Exiles: The Creole Identities of Post/Colonial Literature By Chris Bongie Stanford University Press, 1998
Librarian's tip: "'Lost in the Maze of Doubting': J. M. Coetzee's 'Foe' and the Politics of (Un)likeness" begins on p. 25
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