WiSe 12/13: S-Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures II: J.M. Coetzee's Early Fiction and its South African Context
Kai Martin Wiegandt
The fact that J.M. Coetzee's early novels have met with great international success can in part be explained by their allegorical qualities which make it possible to read them without knowing their ... Lesen Sie weiter
The fact that J.M. Coetzee's early novels have met with great international success can in part be explained by their allegorical qualities which make it possible to read them without knowing their South African context. In this seminar, we will pay close attention to the historical dimension of the novels written under Apartheid. We will look at documents about pivotal political events such as the Soweto uprising (1976) and place Coetzee's novels in the context of South African literary production of the 1970s and 80s. We will also consider excerpts from Coetzee's theoretical writings of the time and assess their relation to the fiction.
Participants will have to meet the usual requirements. Regular attendance and a presentation
in class are obligatory; credits can be acquired by submitting a paper on a specialised topic. English is spoken in class. Your language skills should be at the C1 level or higher according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Students are required to buy the following books (any edition):
Coetzee, J. M. Dusklands.
Coetzee, J. M. In the Heart of the Country.
Coetzee, J. M. Waiting for the Barbarians.
Coetzee, J. M. Life & Times of Michael K.