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Coetzee, the Cape & the Colonial Archive: Exploring Dusklands via Summertime

Easton, Kai (2015) Coetzee, the Cape & the Colonial Archive: Exploring Dusklands via Summertime. In: Seminar, Centre for Humanities Research, 11 August 2011, University of the Western Cape. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Since Coetzee's emigration in 2002, his writing post-Disgrace has shown only traces of the Cape. With Summertime we come full circle: we are back in the Cape, with a fictionalized version of the author at the time of the writing of his first novel, Dusklands (1974). The paper looks at the ways in which we might read Dusklands via Summertime - and raises questions about auto/biography, the colonial archive, and the significance of the Cape in Coetzee's own archives. *The paper included a visual element also: a draft video of a journey to Namaqualand undertaken in the week before the seminar - specifically to the Orange River in the footsteps of Coetzee's character in The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee and Simon van der Stel before him

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: J. M. Coetzee, colonial archive, Summertime, Dusklands, Cape, Orange River
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts > Centre for English Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa
Depositing User: Kai Easton
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 09:59
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/21423

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