J. M. Coetzee's Poetics of the Child: Arendt, Agamben, and the (Ir)Responsibilities of Literary Creation

Arendt, Agamben, and the (Ir)responsibilities of Literary Creation
Bloomsbury Academic (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 17. September 2020
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 192 Seiten
978-1-350-13842-1 (ISBN)
Exploring how central tensions in J.M. Coetzee's fiction converge in and are made visible by the child figure, this book establishes Coetzee's literary creations as characterized by a constant interplay between responsibility and irresponsibility.
Through an examination of such works as Boyhood, The Childhood of Jesus, The Schooldays of Jesus and Life & Times of Michael K, Charlotta Elmgren offers the first sustained engagement with the intersections between the writing of Coetzee and the philosophical thought of Giogio Agamben. Using Agamben's theories on infancy and the potentiality to hold thought in suspense, and with reference to Arendt, Blanchot, Levinas and Derrida, Elmgren locates an ethics of hospitality in an otherness that is always yet to emerge. Structured around five central dynamics of a "poetics of the child" in Coetzee's works, the book considers topics such as: the child as a figure of truth-telling and authenticity; the ethics of the not-so-other child; the child, new beginnings and care for the world; infancy and the poetics of perpetual study; and the redemptive potential in the nonposition of infancy beyond the taxonomies of Western metaphysics.
Offering a fresh perspective on the field of literary childhood studies, Charlotta Elmgren demonstrates the critical possibilities in thinking about-and with-childlike openness and childish experimentation when approaching the writing about and reading of the work of J.M. Coetzee and beyond.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Für höhere Schule und Studium
  • Höhe: 234 mm
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  • Breite: 156 mm
978-1-350-13842-1 (9781350138421)
Charlotta Elmgren is a researcher and teacher at the Department of English Language and Literature at Stockholm University, Sweden.
1. Introduction
2. Chapter One. The Story of the (Un)Romantic Child: Innocence, Truth, and First Fictions of the Self.
3. Chapter Two. Ethics of the Not-So-Other Child.
4. Chapter Three. The Child Between Past and Future.
5. Chapter Four. Childish Behaviour: The Poetics of Study.
6. Chapter Five. The Redemptive Nonposition of Infancy.
7. Coda

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