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Elizabeth Costello as a Socratic figure

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dc.identifier.citation Northover, R.Alan. 2012. Elizabeth Costello as a Socratic figure. English in Africa 39(1): 37-55. en
dc.identifier.issn 0376-8902
dc.description.abstract J.M. Coetzee’s use of the persona, Elizabeth Costello, in several short pieces as well as in The Lives of Animals, Elizabeth Costello and Slow Man has had a mixed reaction amongst reviewers and critics, and Costello herself, in her uncompromising attack on reason and her repeated evocation of the Holocaust to describe how humans treat other animals, has proven to be a controversial figure, both within The Lives of Animals and by reviewers and critics of the novel. It will be argued that her contentious nature can partly be explained by understanding her as a Socratic figure. This insight is corroborated by Coetzee’s commitment to Bakhtin’s dialogism and polyphony, which Bakhtin traces back to the Socratic dialogue. Coetzee’s use of polyphony is evident in all his novels, not least in the dialogic format of The Lives of Animals. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Institute for the Study of English in Africa Rhodes University P O Box 94 Grahamstown 6140 en
dc.subject JM Coetzee en
dc.subject Elizabeth Costello en
dc.subject Lives of animals en
dc.subject Socrates en
dc.subject Mikhail Bakhtin en
dc.subject dialogue en
dc.subject Nietzsche en
dc.subject Slow Man en
dc.subject Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION en
dc.subject Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS en
dc.title Elizabeth Costello as a Socratic figure en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department English Studies en

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