J. M. Coetzee’s Exploration of Fiction and Its Limits (1877)

Four Mondays: Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 1 to 3 p.m.

$110.00 (10% off for members)

J.M. Coetzee’s brilliant career progresses from one mystifying phase to another, challenging readers to grasp the sense of each new project and to try to see him whole.  Disgrace of 1999, which won him a second Booker prize, appears to be uncharacteristically conventional in manner and topic, a realistic novel about South Africa in the fraught aftermath of apartheid.  Summertime is a pseudo-literary research project on himself, or a false confession written in many voices, a sort of joke played on his fame after his winning of the Nobel Prize for literature.  Both question the value of learning and feeling, and dramatize the difficulties, even cruelties, of human connection. We will read and discuss the two books: Disgrace and Summertime.  You should read or watch Coetzee’s Nobel lecture, “He and his Man.”

Summertime, by Coetzee (9780143118459)

Disgrace, by Coetzee (9780140296402)

Melanie (Penny) Du Bois did her undergraduate and graduate work at Harvard, has lived in Europe, and taught literature at universities there and here. She has directed a reading group in Washington since 1989, and last taught at Politics & Prose in 2017, covering Henry James’ stories and plays.

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Disgrace: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140296402
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2000

Summertime: Fiction (Scenes from Provincial Life #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143118459
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Published: Penguin Books - October 26th, 2010