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Title"He and His Man": allegory and catachresis in J. M. Coetzee"s Nobel Lecture
AuthorCornwell, Gareth
Format17 leaves
AbstractThis essay offers a reading of J.M. Coetzee"s 2003 Nobel Lecture, "He and His Man," a narrative featuring the characters of Robinson Crusoe and Daniel Defoe that borrows extensively from Defoe"s Journal of the Plague Year (1722) and Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724-26). In it Coetzee whimsically explores several concerns of central importance for the activities of reading and writing, most notably the seemingly unavoidable (though ostensibly disabling) phenomenon of displacement or substitution that -- at its most generalizable level -- is best characterized as catachresis.