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Title: Coetzee / Beckett
Authors: Wiśniewski, Tomasz
Keywords: J. M. Coetzee
Samuel Beckett
integrity of style and content
philosophical dualism
existential homelessness
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Department of Dutch and South African Studies, Faculty of English
Citation: Werkwinkel vol. 7(2), 2012, pp. 103-111
Abstract: This article presents an analysis of relations between works of J. M. Coetzee and Samuel Beckett. The primary research material covers novels and essays written by the former, and particular attention is given to those essays by Coetzee which deal with writings of Beckett (e.g. “Eight Ways of Looking at Samuel Beckett”). Because Coetzee’s professional interest in Beckett has lasted for over forty years, it enables us to talk about certain shifts in his literary attitudes and evolution of his professional stance. It seems that among the key features which put these two writers together are the following: their profound belief in the integrity of form (style) and content, their fascination with philosophical dualism and existential homelessness, and, finally, their skeptical attitude towards the academic world.
ISSN: 1896-3307
Appears in Collections:Werkwinkel, 2012, vol. 7(2)

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