Event Title

Untenable Boundaries: J.M. Coetzee’s Summertime and the Autobiography of All Writing

Presenter Information

Sarah Westbrook, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A262

Start Date

4-24-2015 1:30 PM

End Date

4-24-2015 2:30 PM

Abtract

This project seeks to understand the traditional binary of fiction and nonfiction, as well as the origin and use of genre, via J.M. Coetzee’s assertion that “all writing is autobiography.” In Summertime, Coetzee achieves an interrogation of binaries and pursues a kind of truth by accessing many different voices and perspectives. Coetzee complicates narrative responsibility by implicating the reader in the formation of genre as a mode of reading and understanding.

Notes

Session 1, Panel 7 - Generative Cases: New Considerations of Puccini, Lewis Carroll, and J.M. Coetzee
Moderator: James O’Leary, Assistant Professor of Musicology

Major

Creative Writing; English

Advisor(s)

Sylvia Watanabe, Creative Writing
Natasha Tessone, English

Project Mentor(s)

T.S. McMillin, English

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Apr 24th, 1:30 PM Apr 24th, 2:30 PM

Untenable Boundaries: J.M. Coetzee’s Summertime and the Autobiography of All Writing

Science Center, A262

This project seeks to understand the traditional binary of fiction and nonfiction, as well as the origin and use of genre, via J.M. Coetzee’s assertion that “all writing is autobiography.” In Summertime, Coetzee achieves an interrogation of binaries and pursues a kind of truth by accessing many different voices and perspectives. Coetzee complicates narrative responsibility by implicating the reader in the formation of genre as a mode of reading and understanding.