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The literary text in turbulent times : an instrument of social cohesion or an eruption of ‘critical’ bliss. Notes on J M Coetzee’s Life and times of Michael K

dc.contributor.authorVan Niekerk, Marleneen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-06T06:37:39Z
dc.date.available2018-02-06T06:37:39Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationVan Niekerk, M. 2013. The literary text in turbulent times : an instrument of social cohesion or an eruption of ‘critical’ bliss. Notes on J M Coetzee’s Life and times of Michael K. Acta Academica, 45(4):1-39en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2415-0479 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0587-2405 (print)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103101
dc.descriptionCITATION: Van Niekerk, M. 2013. The literary text in turbulent times : an instrument of social cohesion or an eruption of ‘critical’ bliss. Notes on J M Coetzee’s Life and times of Michael K. Acta Academica, 45(4):1-39.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://journals.ufs.ac.zaen_ZA
dc.description.abstractThe article is developed as a “counter-cultural” response to the socio-utilitarian formulations around artistic production typically found in current mission statements of the EU Culture Program. In its argument against the instrumentalisation of art, the article builds on the hypothesis that the ethical import of art lies not in the “messages” (e.g. about the need for European social cohesion and “cosmopolitan feelings”) that could be extracted from it, but in its own formally coherent and conceptual complexity. With reference to perspectives on art developed by Jean-Luc Nancy, Roland Barthes and Deleuze and Guattari, a reading is offered of J.M. Coetzee’s fourth novel Life and Times of Michael K. that suggests how it could be used as an oppositional intervention through analysis of its outrageously subversive conceptual charge, its abject main character and its self-conscious deconstructivist anti-realist style.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://journals.ufs.ac.za/index.php/aa/article/view/1417
dc.format.extent39 pagesen_ZA
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherSUN MeDIA Bloemfonteinen_ZA
dc.subjectInstrumentalisation of arten_ZA
dc.subjectCoetzee, J. M., 1940- -- Life and times of Michael K -- Criticism and interpretationen_ZA
dc.subjectLiterature and societyen_ZA
dc.subjectLiterature as oppositional interventionen_ZA
dc.titleThe literary text in turbulent times : an instrument of social cohesion or an eruption of ‘critical’ bliss. Notes on J M Coetzee’s Life and times of Michael Ken_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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