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Title: AESTHET(H)ICS: THE FORM OF ETHICS IN COETZEE'S NOVELS
Authors: JENNIFER HO HUI LIN
Issue Date: 12-Nov-2018
Citation: JENNIFER HO HUI LIN (2018-11-12). AESTHET(H)ICS: THE FORM OF ETHICS IN COETZEE'S NOVELS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this thesis, I examine the conflation of ethical philosophy and aesthetic expression in a selection of novels from John Maxwell Coetzee. I posit that Coetzee's purposeful manipulation of stylistic elements serve to augment the discussion of the ethical issues present in his texts. I use various approaches to analyse Coetzee's representation of ethical concerns in Waiting for the Barbarians, Disgrace, and Diary of a Bad Year. I pair Barbarians with Coetzee's essay on "Confession and Double Thoughts", problematising the act of truth-telling insofar as it remains within the mind of the self. I discuss Disgrace with regards to the concepts of allegory and Derek Attridge's singularity as approaches towards the other. While allegory attempts to assimilate the other into a pre-ordained narrative, singularity does the other ethical responsibility by granting the other its unique and discrete perspective. I argue that Diary is an exemplary instance of the embodied moral philosophy that Martha Nussbaum puts forth in her essay "Love's Knowledge". The unusual tripartite form that allows the intrusion of other voices enhances the interplay between the hard-philosophical discourse and the soft-emotional narrative.
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