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J. M. Coetzee: Truth, Meaning, Fiction

Anthony Uhlmann (Western Sydney University, Australia)

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Bloomsbury Academic USA
23 January 2020
Literary theory; Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
J. M. Coetzee: Truth, Meaning, Fiction illuminates the intellectual and philosophical interests that drive Coetzee's writing. In doing so, it makes the case for Coetzee as an important and original thinker in his own right. Whilst looking at Coetzee's writing career, from his dissertation through to The Schooldays of Jesus (2016), and interpreting running themes and scenarios, style and evolving attitudes to literary form, Anthony Uhlmann also offers revealing glimpses, informed by archival research, of Coetzee's writing process.

Among the main themes that Uhlmann sees in Coetzee's writing, and which remains highly relevant today, is the awareness that there is truth in fiction, or that fiction can provide valuable insights into real world problems, and that there are also fictions of the truth: that we are surrounded, in our everyday lives, by stories we wish to believe are true. J. M. Coetzee: Truth, Meaning, Fiction offers a revealing new account of one of arguably our most important contemporary writers.
By:   Anthony Uhlmann (Western Sydney University Australia)
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Academic USA
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
Weight:   342g
ISBN:   9781501357466
ISBN 10:   1501357468
Pages:   248
Publication Date:   23 January 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Intuition, Knowledge, Truth 2. Meaning: Coetzee's Dissertation 3. Method: Dusklands 4. Process: Waiting for the Barbarians 5. Ethics and Ethology 6. Ethology: Life & Times of Michael K, Age of Iron 7. Disposition and Method: The Master of Petersburg 8. Truth in Fiction: Elizabeth Costello and Disgrace 9. Creative Intuition: The Childhood of Jesus 10. Experience, Insight: Boyhood, Youth Conclusion Works Cited Index

Anthony Uhlmann is Director of the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University, Australia. He is the author of three books, including Samuel Beckett and the Philosophical Image (2006) and Thinking in Literature (Bloomsbury, 2011).

Reviews for J. M. Coetzee: Truth, Meaning, Fiction

Without question the best informed book on Coetzee's oeuvre, J. M. Coetzee: Truth, Meaning, Fiction approaches Coetzee in the newest and most revolutionary light, blending philosophy, archives and manuscripts, ethology, and epistemology. A genuine theoretical and critical coup, this is a brilliant volume that is also an audacious theory of knowledge. * Bruno Clement, Emeritus Professor at Universite Paris 8, France, and former President of the College international de philosophie * In this courageous study, Anthony Uhlmann deftly engages the formidable genius of J. M. Coetzee, tracing the paths of truth in fiction through the demonstration of the veridical power of emotion and imagination in literature. This erudite work is an exemplar of provocative thinking in and through fiction. * Moira Gatens, Challis Professor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney, Australia * In this courageous study, Anthony Uhlmann deftly engages the formidable genius of J. M. Coetzee, tracing the paths of truth in fiction through the demonstration of the veridical power of emotion and imagination in literature. This erudite work is an exemplar of provocative thinking in and through fiction. * Moira Gatens, Challis Professor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney, Australia *


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