Coetzee, John Maxwell

About John Maxwell Coetzee

Biography (British Council)

Biography (The Nobel Prize)



Mbao, Wamuwi. "JM Coetzee's Late Essays." The Johannesburg Review of Books, 6 Nov. 2017

Elkin, Lauren. "Late Essays." The Guardian, 12 Oct. 2017

Mukherjee, Neel. "J. M. Coetzee's Essays Are Filtered through Boundless Reserves of Knowledge, Wisdom and Reading." Spectator, 23 Sep. 2017

Preston, Alex. "The Schooldays of Jesus by JM Coetzee Review - Obscurely Compelling." The Guardian, 18 Sep. 2016

Parks, Tim. "In Some Sense True." The London Review of Books, 21 Jan. 2016

Woodward, Gerard. "The Good Story." The Independent, 7 May 2015

Adams, Tim. "Here and Now: Letters, 2008-2011 by Paul Auster and JM Coetzee - Review." The Guardian, 20 May 2013

Cooper, Rand Richards. "Portrait of the Writer as an Afrikaner." The New York Times, 2 Nov. 1997



Malan, Rian. "Only the Big Questions." Time, 5 Oct. 2003



Bhattacharya, Sourit. "Against His Self, against His Time: Modernist Aesthetic, Post-War London, and the Failure of Imagination in J. M. Coetzee's Youth." Textual Practice, vol. 33, no. 1, 2019

Bump, Jerome F. "Emotion in Ethics, Rhetoric, and the Creative Process: The Tragedy of Coetzee's Woman Warrior." Critique, vol. 60, no. 1, 2019

During, Simon. "Kafka and Coetzee." ModernismPostcolonialism, and Globalism, Bergam and Moses (eds.), 2019

Baarspul, Matthijs, and Paul Franssen. "Settling for 'Something Less': J. M. Coetzee's Slow Man and the Shakespearean Bed-Trick Motif." English Studies, vol. 99, no. 5-6, 2018

Bekers, Elisabeth. "Creative Challenges to Captivity: Slave Authorship in Black British Neo-Slave Narratives." Life Writing, vol. 15, no. 1, 2018

Bolin, J. S. "Thresholds of the Novel: Realism, the Inhuman, the Ethical in J. M. Coetzee's Foe." Novel, vol. 51, no. 3, 2018

Dalley, Hamish. "The Deaths of Settler Colonialism." Settler Colonial Studies, vol. 8, no. 1, 2018

Danta, Chris. Animal Fables after Darwin: Literature, Speciesism, and Metaphor, 2018

Dimitriu, Ilena. "J. M. Coetzee's The Schooldays of Jesus (2016)." Current Writing, vol. 30, no. 1, 2018

Duncan, Rebecca. South African Gothic: Anxiety and Creative Dissent in the Post-Apartheid Imagination and Beyond, 2018

Gervasio, Nicole. "The Power of the Weak Signifier: Wordsworth's Lucy in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace and Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy." Modern Language Studies, vol. 47, no. 2, 2018

Krog, Antjie. "To Write Liberty." Current Writing, vol. 30, no. 1, 2018

Moffat, Nicola. "Rape and the (Animal) Other: Making Monsters in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace." Signs, vol. 43, no. 2, 2018

Murphy, Robinson O. "Black Friday, Queer Atlantic." Research in African Literatures, vol. 49, no. 2, 2018

Weinberger, Christopher. "Alterity and the Ethics of the Novel in J. M. Coetzee's Quasi-Realism." Fault Lines of Modernity, Millet and Figueira (eds.), 2018

Anker, Elizabeth. "Why We Love Coetzee; or, The Childhood of Jesus and the Funhouse Critique." Critique and Postcritique, Anker and Felski (eds.),  2017

Baderoon, Gabeba. "Animal Likenesses; Dogs and the Boundary of the Human in South Africa." Journal of African Cultural Studies, vol. 29, no. 3, 2017

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

Jacobs, J. U. "A Bridging Fiction: The Migrant Subject in J. M. Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus." Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 33, no. 1, 2017

Matias, Daniel. Wooden Man?: Masculinities in the Work of J. M. Coetzee (BoyhoodYouth and Summertime), 2017

Moonsamy, Nedine. "'Not the Story You Wanted to Hear.' Reading Chick-Lit in J. M. Coetzee's Summertime." Social Dynamics, vol. 43, no. 3, 2017

Rajiva, Jay. Postcolonial Parabola, 2017

Rutherford, Jennifer, and Anthony Uhlmann. J. M. Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus: The Ethics of Ideas and Things, 2017

Saxena, Nishtha. "J. M. Coetzee's Aesthetics of Ahimsa: Towards a Gandhian Reading of The Lives of Animals and Disgrace." English in Africa, vol. 44, no. 2, 2017

Shabot, Sara Cohen. "Fleshing Out the Ambiguous Body: J. M. Coetzee's The Humanities in Africa as a Critique of Binary Conceptions of Embodiment." Frontiers, vol. 38, no. 1, 2017

Taneja, Preti. "Fiction and the Possibility of the Ethical: Rewriting Shakespeare and the Intertextuality of Gayatri Spivak." Rewriting Shakespeare's Plays for and by the Contemporary Stage, Dobson and Rivier-Arnaud (eds.), 2017

Wenzel, Jennifer. "Stratigraphy and Empire." Anthropocene Reading, Menely and Taylor (eds.), 2017

Attridge, Derek. "The Critic as Lover." Literary Activism: Perspectives, A. Chaudhuri (ed.), 2016

Atwell, David. "Reading the Coetzee Papers." Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. 58, no. 4, 2016

Clarkson, Carrol. "Inner Worlds." Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. 58, no. 4, 2016

Corngold, Stanley. "A Meditation on Prizes." Modern Language Notes, vol. 131, no. 5, 2016

Dalleo, Raphael. "The Work of Teaching Literature in the Age of Mechanical Education." Proceedings of the Modern Language Association, vol. 131, no. 5, 2016

Hallemeier, Katherine. "J. M. Coetzee's Literature of Hospice." Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 62, no. 3, 2016

Jacobs, J. U. Diaspora and Identity in South African Fiction, 2016

Jose, Nicholas. "Coetzee in China." Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. 58, no. 4, 2016

López, Maria J., and Kai Wiegandt. "J. M. Coetzee and the Non-English Literary Traditions." European Journal of English Studies, vol. 20, no. 2, 2016

Macaskill, Brian. "I Am Not Me, the Horse Is Not Mine, William Kentridge & J. M. Coetzee; or: Machines, Death, and Performance as Prelude to Reading Slow Man." Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. 58, no. 4, 2016

Meihuizen, Nicholas Leiden. Achieving Autobiographical Form, 2016

Monticelli, Daniele. "From Dissensus to Inoperativity: The Strange Case of J. M. Coetzee's Michael K." English Studies, vol. 97, no. 5-6, 2016

Naidu, Sam. "The Emergence of the South African Farm Crime Novel." English in Africa, vol. 43, no. 2, 2016

Nkosi, Lewis, et al. Writing Home: Lewis Nkosi on South African Writing, 2016

Philippou, Eleni. "Dog, Horses, and Red Herrings: The Animal in J. M. Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus." Critique, vol. 57, no. 2, 2016

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. "Aesthetic Judgment of Disgrace." The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, Chakrabarti (ed.), 2016

Uhlmann, Anthony. "J. M. Coetzee: Fictions of the Real." Textual Practice, vol. 30, no. 3, 2016

Uhlmann, Anthony. "Process and Method in Waiting for the Barbarians." Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. 58, no. 4, 2016

Uhlmann, Anthony et al. "Traverses: J. M. Coetzee in the World." Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol. 58, no. 4, 2016

Wilm, Jan. The Slow Philosophy of J. M. Coetzee, 2016

Wittenberg, Hermann. "Film and Photography in J. M. Coetzee's Life & Times of Michael K." Texas Studies in Literature and Language, vol 58, no. 4, 2016

Araújo, Susana. Transatlantic Fictions of 9/11 and the War on Terror, 2015

Attwell, David. J. M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing, 2015

Chapman, Michael. "Nadine Gordimer and J. M. Coetzee: Nobel Laureates in Their Place and Time." Contested Identities, Marquis et al. (eds.), 2015

Cimarosti, Roberta. "Literacy Stories for Global Wits." ARIEL, vol. 46, no. 1-2, 2015

Haley, Madigan. "Marginal Figures and the Ethos of the Global Novel." Novel, vol. 48, no. 1, 2015

Lochner, Liani. "Literary Form and Contesting the Subject in J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians and Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger." Aesthetics and Ideology in Contemporary Literature and Drama, Gonzalez and Agostini (eds.), 2015

Smuts, Eckard. "'The Country of His Heart': J. M. Coetzee, Wordsworth and the Karoo Farm." English in Africa, vol. 42, no. 2, 2015

Winkler, Markus. "Towards a Cultural History of Barbarism from the Eighteenth Century to the Present." Barbarism Revisited, Boletsi and Moser (eds.), 2015

Armstrong, Nancy. "The Affective Turn in Contemporary Fiction." Contemporary Literature, vol. 55, no. 3, 2014

Macaskill, Brian. "J. M. Coetzee: Contrapuntal Mediations." Media Tropes, vol. 4, no. 2, 2014

Marais, Mike. "The Incurious Seeker: Waiting, and the Search for the Stranger in the Fiction of Samuel Beckett and J.M. Coetzee." Media Tropes, vol. 4, no. 2, 2014

Meyers, Jeffrey. "Portraits of a Terrorist: Dostoevsky, Conrad, and Coetzee." Antioch Review, vol. 72, no.1, 2014

Mfune, Damazio. "Doubling the Point on Dusklands: J. M. Coetzee's Dogged Quest for a Post-Cartesian, Embodied and Inter-Subjective Consciousness." Scrutiny 2, vol. 19, no. 2, 2014

Murray, Stuart. "Allegories of the Bioethical: Reading J. M. Coetzee's Diary of a Bad Year." Journal of Medical Humanities, vol. 35, no. 3, 2014

Nuttall, Sarah. "Surface, Depth and the Autobiographical Act." Life Writing, vol. 11, no. 2, 2014

Van Wyk Smith, M. "Rape and the Foundation of Nations in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace." English in Africa, vol. 41, no. 1, 2014

Wright, Laura, et al. Approaches to Teaching Coetzee's Disgrace and Other Works, 2014

MacFarlane, Elizabeth, Reading Coetzee, 2013

Van Niekerk, Marlene. "The Literary Text in Turbulent Times: An Instrument of Social Cohesion or an Eruption of 'Critical' Bliss. Notes on JM Coetzee's Life and Times of Michael K." Acta Academica, vol. 45, no. 4, 2013

Laurencin, Madeleine. "A Polychromatic Approach to the Rainbow Nation Today: Bitter Fruit by Achmat DangorNietverloren and Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee." Commonwealth Essays and Studies, vol. 34, no. 2, 2012

Boehmer, Elleke, et al. J. M. Coetzee in Context and Theory, 2009

Poyner, Jane. "Writing under Pressure: A Post-Apartheid Canon?" Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 44, no. 2, 2008

Kauer, Ute. "Nation and Gender: Female Identity in Contemporary South African Writing." Current Writing, vol. 15, no. 2, 2003

Atwell, David. J. M. Coetzee : South Africa and the Politics of Writing, 1993




The Schooldays of Jesus (2016)

The Childhood of Jesus (2013)

Scenes from Provincial Life (2011)

Summertime (2009)

Diary of a Bad Year (2007)

Slow Man (2005)

Elizabeth Costello: Eight Lessons (2003)

Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II (2002)

Disgrace (1999)

The Lives of Animals (1999)

Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life (1997)

The Master of Petersburg (1994)

Age of Iron (1990)

A Land Apart: A South African Reader (1986)

Foe (1986)

Life & Times of Michael K (1983)

Waiting for the Barbarians (1980)

In the Heart of the Country (1977)

Dusklands (1974)



Landscape with Rowers: Poetry from the Netherlands (2004)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

Late Essays (2017)

The Good Story (2015)

Here and Now: Letters, 2008-2011 (2013)

Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005 (2007)

Stranger Shores: Literary Essays 1986-1999 (2001)

Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship (1996)

Doubling the Point: Essays and Interviews (1992)

White Writing (1988)



Naidoo, Kareesha, and Hermann Wittenberg. "Between Text and Stage: The Theatrical Adaptations of J. M. Coetzee's Foe (2017)." Southern African Theatre Journal, vol. 30, no. 1-3, 2017

Ikas, Karin. "'Integrating the Story into the Grand Landscape of South Africa': Contested Spaces of Sexualized Interracial Terror in J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace and Its Film Adaptation (2016)." Postcolonial Text, vol. 11, no. 4, 2016

Wittenberg, Hermann. "Godard in the Karoo: J. M. Coetzee's Screenplay Adaptation of In the Heart of the Country (2014)." English in Africa, vol. 41, no. 2, 2014

Jacobs, Steve. "Disgrace - Official Trailer." YouTube, 2008

Tait, Theo. "Film Review of Disgrace." The Guardian, 28 Nov. 2009


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Coetzee on Language, Writing and the Pleasure of Reading. CBC/Radio Canada, 27 Jul. 2018

Coetzee with Soledad Constantini. YouTube, 29 May 2018

Conferencia Coetzee. Museo Malba. YouTube, 25 Apr. 2016

Coetzee on Doubling the Point. Literatura Programación, 15 Apr. 2015

Coetzee Reads From The Childhood of JesusYouTube, 16 Apr. 2013

Banquet Speech by Coetzee. The Nobel Prize, 10 Dec. 2003