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The Resource Acts of visitation : the narrative of J.M. Coetzee, María J. López

Acts of visitation : the narrative of J.M. Coetzee, María J. López

Label
Acts of visitation : the narrative of J.M. Coetzee
Title
Acts of visitation
Title remainder
the narrative of J.M. Coetzee
Statement of responsibility
María J. López
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This study traces, in J.M. Coetzee's fictional and non-fictional production, an imaginative and intellectual masterplot deriving from Coetzee's perception of European presence in (South) Africa as having its origin in an act of illegitimate penetration and fraudulent visitation. In Coetzee's novels, the historical and political problem of a hostile occupation and unfair distribution of the land finds a correspondence in the domestic space of house and farm, and the uneasy cohabitation of its occupants, along with the relation between hosts and guests. The seminal dimension of the categories of penetration and visitation is highlighted, as these are shown to operate not only on a spatial level but also on an epistemological, physical, psychological, hermeneutic, metafictional and ethical one: we encounter literary and psychological secrets that resist decipherment, bodies that cannot be penetrated, writers depicted as intruders, parents that ask to be welcomed by their children. This study also identifies, in Coetzee's narrative, an ethical proposal grounded on a logic of excess and unconditionality - a logic of 'not enough' - lying behind certain acts of hospitality, friendship, kindness, care, and guidance to the gate of death, acts that may transform prevailing unequal socio-historical conditions and hostile personal relationships, characterized by a logic of parasitism and intrusion. As the figure of the writer progressively gains explicit prominence in Coetzee's literary production, special attention will be paid to it, as it alternately appears as secretary and master, migrant and intruder, pervert and foe, citizen and neighbour. Overall, Acts of Visitation analyzes how Coetzee's works depict the (South) African land, the Karoo farm, the familial household or the writer's and literary character's house as simultaneously contending and redemptive sites in which urgent historical, ethical, and metafictional issues are spatially explored and dramatized
Member of
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
López, María J
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
index present
LC call number
PR9369.3.C58
LC item number
Z742 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Cross/cultures
Series volume
140
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Coetzee, J. M
  • South Africa
  • Coetzee, J. M
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • General
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Literature
  • South Africa
  • English
  • Languages & Literatures
  • English Literature
Label
Acts of visitation : the narrative of J.M. Coetzee, María J. López
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Penetration and visitation in South Africa -- pt. 2. The writer as host and guest
Control code
785782285
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxvii, 344 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789401206945
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)785782285
Label
Acts of visitation : the narrative of J.M. Coetzee, María J. López
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Penetration and visitation in South Africa -- pt. 2. The writer as host and guest
Control code
785782285
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxvii, 344 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789401206945
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)785782285

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