J.M. COETZEE AND THE INTELLECTUAL LANDSCAPES OF SOUTH AFRICAN LITERATURE
Professor David Attwell, Department of English, University of York
This lecture will explore J.M. Coetzee’s connections to African Studies and to some of his fellow writers in South African literature in English, particularly Alan Paton and Nadine Gordimer. It is little known that Coetzee taught African Studies at the State University of New York in Buffalo in the late 1960s. The lecture looks at his investments in the field, why he withdrew them and their influence on his later fiction. It also explores the ways in which he positioned himself in relation to South Africa’s most renowned writers, while carving out his own place in the country’s literature.
Attwell, D. 2015. J.M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing: Face to Face with Time. Cape Town: Jacana Media.