A Man's Scenery

Rita Barnard

in Apartheid and Beyond

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195112863
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199851058 | DOI:
A Man's Scenery

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Lars Engle's essay “The Novel without the Police” categorizes the work of J. M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, and Athol Fugard according to Raymond Williams' usual triad of the dominant, emergent, and residual forces visible in any given cultural formation—including that of academic literary criticism. Coetzee's fiction signifies what Engle sees as the dominant trend: an anti-positivist, anti-humanist practice of negative hermeneutics, doubtful of all essentialisms and master narratives. Coetzee challenges such notions as self-identity, sincerity, and truth-telling, as do the European theorists of whose work he is an incisive reader. Gordimer's fiction signifies for Engle certain emergent possibilities.

Keywords: Lars Engle; J. M. Coetzee; Nadine Gordimer; Athol Fugard; Raymond Williams

Chapter.  13382 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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