J. M. Coetzee and Making Sense in Literature

This ARC Discovery project is being undertaken by Anthony Uhlmann at Writing and Society with Nicholas Jose at the University of Adelaide and Bruno Clément at Paris VIII Focusing on the work of Nobel Prize winning South African-Australian novelist J. M. Coetzee, this project examines how Coetzee’s fiction a) develops techniques that generate or produce meaning about the world b) involves levels of ‘translatability’ that allow it to maintain relevance across cultures. A detailed analysis that focuses on how Coetzee makes us question the nature of meaning itself has not yet been undertaken, even though this is of central importance to his work. Outcomes will include scholarly examinations of Coetzee’s methods that draw upon newly available archival materials, an international Coetzee symposium, and an online exhibition.

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