n English in Africa - J.M. Coetzee and the Idea of the Public Intellectual, Jane Poyner (Ed.) : book review

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



Within literary circles the name J.M. Coetzee needs no introduction. This is so because of his considerable intellectual and literary stature. Since the publication of in 1974, this writer's oeuvre has grown substantially both in terms of quantity and in the issues that the individual works raise. Alongside it, has developed a 'critical industry' that includes postgraduate students (the present writer being one of them), long established academics, and the many interested persons who comment on Coetzee's writing in their personal capacities. But, what accounts for this interest in Coetzee?

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