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dc.contributor.authorDe Villiers, Rick
dc.date.accessioned2022-08-22T09:13:17Z
dc.date.available2022-08-22T09:13:17Z
dc.date.issued2022
dc.identifierhttps://www.tandfonline.com/action/showCitFormats?doi=10.1080/00138398.2022.2055859
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dc.identifier.citationDe Villiers, R. (2022). Criteria of embarrassment: J. M. Coetzee's 'Jesus Trilogy' and the legacy of modernist difficulty. English Studies Africa, 65(1), 58-71. https://www.tandfonline.com/action/showCitFormats?doi=10.1080/00138398.2022.2055859en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn1943-8117
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/11842
dc.description.abstractThis article takes as its starting point the divergent responses that J.M. Coetzee’s Jesus trilogy (The Childhood of Jesus [2013], The Schooldays of Jesus [2016] and The Death of Jesus [2019]) has drawn from reviewers and scholars respectively. Where reviewers have generally regarded these works’ difficulty as obstructive, scholars have taken their difficulty as both the justification and catalyst for sustained engagement. This divergence is explained, in part, as a consequence of the literacies developed by and in response to modernism – literacies which regarded difficulty as both the signature of the worthwhile artwork and as the criterion which justifies the special attention of specialized readers. If one aim of this article is to situate Coetzee and Coetzee studies within this tradition, a second aim is to ask whether the forms of attention garnered by his late trilogy are less an index of intrinsic challenges than of Coetzee’s reputation as a challenging writer. To do so is to worry the overready ascription of ‘Coetzeean’ difficulty – along with the modes of reading it tends to enlist – in order to reposition bewilderment, embarrassment and other ugly aesthetic-affects as generative for criticism.en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_ZA
dc.subjectModernismen_ZA
dc.subjectJ. M. Coetzeeen_ZA
dc.subjectDifficultyen_ZA
dc.subjectEmbarrassmenten_ZA
dc.subjectGimmicken_ZA
dc.subjectJesus trilogyen_ZA
dc.subjectAffecten_ZA
dc.titleCriteria of embarrassment: J. M. Coetzee's 'Jesus Trilogy' and the legacy of modernist difficultyen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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