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Approaches to Teaching Coetzee’s Disgrace and Other Works

Editor(s): Laura Wright, Jane Poyner, Elleke Boehmer

Pages: xii & 248 pp.
Published: 2013
ISBN: 9781603291385 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781603291392 (paperback)

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“The sheer range of critical and pedagogical approaches canvased is little short of astonishing, and the ingenuity and effort that these teachers of Coetzee put into preparing their courses should be a source of real inspiration to their readers.”
Gareth Cornwell, Rhodes University, South Africa



The novels of the South African writer J. M. Coetzee won him global recognition and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. His work offers substantial pedagogical richness and challenges. Coetzee treats such themes as race, aging, gender, animal rights, power, violence, colonial history and accountability, the silent or silenced other, sympathy, and forgiveness in an allusive and detached prose that avoids obvious answers or easy ethical reassurance.

Part 1 of this volume, “Materials,” identifies secondary materials, including multimedia and Internet resources, that will help instructors guide their students through the contextual and formal complexities of Coetzee’s fiction. In part 2, “Approaches,” essays discuss how to teach works that are sometimes suspicious of teachers and teaching. The essays aim to help instructors negotiate Coetzee’s ironies and allegories in his treatment of human relationships in a changing South Africa and of the shifting connections between human beings and the biosphere.

Volume editors
Laura Wright
Jane Poyner
Elleke Boehmer

Contributors
David Attwell
Rita Barnard
Michael Bell
Louise Bethlehem
Carrol Clarkson
Stephen Clingman
Emily S. Davis
Gerald Gaylard
Johan Geertsema
Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn
Erik Grayson
Patrick Hayes
Kay Heath
Keith Leslie Johnson
Patricia Merivale
Shannon Payne
Robert Spencer
Andrew van der Vlies
Pieter Vermeulen
Wendy Woodward


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