"He and His Man": allegory and catachresis in J. M. Coetzee's Nobel Lecture

Cornwell, D.G.N. (2007) "He and His Man": allegory and catachresis in J. M. Coetzee's Nobel Lecture. English in Africa, 34 (1). pp. 97-114. ISSN 0376-8902




This essay offers a reading of J.M. Coetzee's 2003 Nobel Lecture, "He and His Man," a narrative featuring the characters of Robinson Crusoe and Daniel Defoe that borrows extensively from Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year (1722) and Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724-26). In it Coetzee whimsically explores several concerns of central importance for the activities of reading and writing, most notably the seemingly unavoidable (though ostensibly disabling) phenomenon of displacement or substitution that -- at its most generalizable level -- is best characterized as catachresis.

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Additional Information:Gareth Cornwell is a Professor and Head of the English Department, Rhodes University
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nobel Prize; Nobel lectures; Nobel Laureate; literature; J.M. Coetzee; He and His Man; Robinson Crusoe; Journal of the Plague Year; Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain; Daniel Defoe; catachresis; displacement; substitution; slippage; figuration; allegory; reading; writing; interpretation; Foucault
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > English
ID Code:1065
Deposited On:29 Aug 2008
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