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Bibliography of Secondary Sources on J.M. Coetzee
Arranged aphabetically by author. Recent entries are highlighted by a white background.

Attridge, Derek, et al.  "J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace."  Special issue, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 4, no.3 (2002).


Attridge, Derek.  J.M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Reading: Literature in the Event.  Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press; Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2005.


Attwell, David. J.M Coetzee and the Life of Writing: Face to Face with Time
ISBN 978 143 142 1534


Attwell, David.  J.M. Coetzee: South Africa and the Politics of Writing. Berkeley: University of California Press; Cape Town: David Philip, 1993.



Baum, Erica. "El sentido de la justicia en Desgracia. La empatía como puente entre el derecho y la literatura [The Sense of Justice in Disgrace. Empathy as a Bridge Between Law and Literature]".


Boehmer, Elleke, Iddiols, Katy, and Robert Eaglestone, eds.  J.M. Coetzee in Context and Theory. London: Continuum, 2009.


Lazo Briones, Pablo. J.M.Coetzee: Los imaginarios de la resistencia. Mexico: AKAL, 2013.


Canepari-Labib, Michela.  Old Myths, Modern Empires: Power, Language and Identity.  Oxford and New York: Peter Lang, 2005.


Cavell, Stanley; Diamond, Cora; McDowell, John; Hacking, Ian and Wolfe, Cary.  Philosophy and Animal Life.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2008.


Cheney, Matthew. Modernist Crisis and the Pedagogy of Form. Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.


Clarkson, Carrol. J.M. Coetzee: Countervoices.  Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2009.


Crewe, Jonathan. In the Middle of Nowhere: J.M. Coetzee in South Africa



De Jong, Marianne.  "J.M. Coetzee's Foe."  Special issue, Journal of Literary Studies/Tydskrif vir Literatuurwetenskap 5, no. 2 (June 1989).


Dooley, Gillian. J.M. Coetzee and the Power of Narrative



Dooley, Gillian, The Origins of Speech Lie in Song:
Music As language in Coetzee's Age of Iron

[PDF] [local PDF copy]

Dovey, Teresa.  The Novels of J.M. Coetzee: Lacanian Allegories.  Craighall: A.D. Donker, 1988.


Driver, Dorothy (ed.). A Book of Friends. The Text Publishing Company, 2020.


Durrant, Sam. "Bearing Witness to Apartheid: J. M. Coetzee's Inconsolable Works of Mourning." Contemporary Literature. 40: 3 (Fall 1999): 430-63.


Durrant, Sam. "J. M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello and the Limits of the Sympathetic Imagination." In J. M. Coetzee and the Idea of the Public Intellectual. Ed Jane Poyner. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2006. 118-34.


Durrant, Sam. "Father, Can't You See I'm Burning?" Trauma, Ethics and the Real in J. M. Coetzee's Age of Iron." In Culture and the Unconscious. Ed Michael Rustin, Caroline Bainbridge, Candida Yates and Susannah Radstone. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007. 130-149.


Durrant, Sam. Postcolonial Narrative and the Work of Mourning: J. M. Coetzee, Wilson Harris and Toni Morrison (SUNY, 2004)

Gallagher, Susan Van Zanten.  A Story of South Africa: J.M. Coetzee's Fiction in Context. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1991.


Hayes, Patrick, and Wilm, Jan, eds. Beyond the Ancient Quarrel: Literature, Philosophy, and J.M. Coetzee. Oxford University Press, 2017.


Head, Dominic.  J.M. Coetzee.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.


Head, Dominic.  The Cambridge Introduction to J.M. Coetzee. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. (Excerpt/PDF)


Huggan, Graham, and Stephen Watson, eds.  Critical Perspectives on J.M. Coetzee.  New York: St Martin's Press; Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996.


Jackson, Jeanne-Marie. South African Literature's Russian Soul (includes a chapter on Tolstoy, Coetzee and Marlene van Niekerk).


Kossew, Sue, ed.  Critical Essays on J.M. Coetzee.  New York: G.K. Hall, 1998.


Kurbak, Mariya (Курбак, Мария). Джон Максвелл Куцие.Мысли постороннего.М.: Издательство «Политическая энциклопедия» (РОССПЭН), 2015. (John Maxwell Coetzee. Reflections of the Outsider Moscow: Political Encyclopedia (ROSSPEN), 2015). ISBN: 978-5-8243-1938-5


María J. López & Kai Wiegandt.
Introduction: J.M. Coetzee, intertextuality and the non-English literary traditions


Macaskill, Brian (ed.). J.M. Coetzee: Contrapuntal Mediations (Download PDF.)


Marais, Mike.  Secretary of the Invisible: The Idea of Hospitality in the Fiction of J.M. Coetzee. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2009.


Mehigan, Tim, Moser, Christian, eds. The Intellectual Landscape in the Works of J.M.Coetzee. Camden House. ISBN: 9781571139764.


Moses, Michael Valdez, ed.  "The Writings of J.M. Coetzee."  Special issue, South Atlantic Quarterly 93, no. 1 (1994).


Mulhall, Stephen. The Wounded Animal: J.M. Coetzee and the Difficulty of Reality in Literature and Philosophy. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2009.


Hania A. M. Nashef (2023) J M Coetzee’s ‘Jesus’ Trilogy: A Search for Answers, Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, 35:1, 43-51.
DOI: 10.1080/1013929X.2023.2167405


Nashef, Hania A.M. "Baal and Thoth; unwelcome apparitions in J.M. Coetzee's The Master of Petersburg and Disgrace,Ariel, 41:3-4: 2010. (Download PDF.)


Nashef, Hania A.M. "Becomings in J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians and José Saramago's Blindness,” Comparative Literature Studies, 47.1: 2010


Nashef, Hania A.M. "Ideal Cities - Marred Individuals: J. M. Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus and José Saramago's A Caverna," Comparative Literature Studies, vol. 54, issue 2 (2017), pp. 358-380.


dead ends and beyond Nashef, Hania A.M. “Resisting the cul-de-sac in Disgrace, Master of Petersburg and Life & Times of Michael K,” in J.M. Coetzee: Dead Ends and Beyond , Eds. Ludmiła
Gruszewska-Blaim, Tomasz Wiś niewski, Gdansk, Poland: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdanskiego, 2016.

Nashef, Hania A.M. The Politics of Humiliation in the Novels of J.M. Coetzee.  New York: Routledge, 2009.


Penner, Dick.  Countries of the Mind: The Fiction of J.M. Coetzee.  New York: Greenwood, 1989.


Poyner, Jane, ed.  J.M. Coetzee and the Idea of the Public Intellectual.  Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2006.



Rijsdijk, Ian Malcolm. (Dis)placed: Place and Identity in the Film Disgrace. (Download PDF.)


Literary Cynics, by Arthur Rose.



Álvarez-Sánchez, Patricia. An interview with Hermann Wittenberg (or PDF, if you prefer)



Álvarez-Sánchez, Patricia. "Coetzee's Universe in Black and White"
A review of 'Photographs from Boyhood'.
PDF: coetzee-universe-black-and-white.pdf


Álvarez-Sánchez, Patricia. "Accomplishments and Inaccuracies in J.M. Coetzee's In the Heart of the Country Translation into Spanish." Elena Echevarría Pereda and Mercerdes Vella Ramírez (eds). Sobre la práctica de la traducción e interpretación en la actualidad. Granada: Comares, 2017, Vol. 5: 535-551.


Álvarez-Sánchez, Patricia. "La naturaleza como espacio hostil en la obra de J.M. Coetzee".
PDF: la_naturaleza_como_espacio_hostil_en_la.pdf

  Álvarez-Sánchez, Patricia. "J.M.Coetzee's In the Heart of the Country: Magda's Search for a New Language".
PDF: J.M._Coetzees_In_the_Heart_of_the_Countr.pdf

Sanders, Mark, and Nancy Ruttenberg, eds.  "J.M. Coetzee and His Doubles."  Special issue, Journal of Literary Studies/Tydskrif vir Literatuurwetenskap 25, no. 4 (2009).


Sarioglu, Esra. "The aesthetics of minor intimacy: precarious attachments and queer feelings in the autobiographical fiction of J. M. Coetzee". Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, 2018, Volume 19 Issue 4, pages 461-481.

Uhlmann, Anthony. J.M.Coetzee: Truth, Meaning, Fiction. Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.


Van der Vlies, Andrew. J.M.Coetzee's Disgrace. Continuum, 2010


Wicomb, Zoë (ed. Van der Vlies, Andrew). Race, Nation, Translation (SA Essays, 1990 to 2013)


Wiegandt, Kai: J.M. Coetzee’s Revisions of the Human



Wojtas, Paweł. 2018. "'Form follows dysfunction': Coetzee's Narrative Ethics of Disability" Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies 1 (12): 71-87.


Wojtas, Paweł: Narratives of Disability and Illness in the Fiction of J. M. Coetzee


Wright, Laura.  Writing "out of all the camps": J.M. Coetzee's Narratives of Displacement.  New York: Routledge, 2006.



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