Staging John Coetzee / Elizabeth Costello

Walton, H. (2008) Staging John Coetzee / Elizabeth Costello. Literature and Theology, 22(3), pp. 280-294. (doi:10.1093/litthe/frn036)

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Abstract

This article reflects upon the persona of Elizabeth Costello as performed by John Coetzee in public lectures, articles and the novels Elizabeth Costello and Slow Man. The intimate association between the author and this female character has been the subject of much controversy and the article details the criticisms levelled against Coetzee for his repeated ‘stagings’ of Elizabeth Costello. Whilst there are many political issues raised when a man writes and speaks as a woman, I argue that in the case of Elizabeth Costello this device facilitates a penetrating display of the responsibilities and inevitable failings of writing to be presented. This moves beyond discussions of the ethics of authorship to a religious appreciation of the authorial process.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Walton, Professor Heather
Authors: Walton, H.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Journal Name:Literature and Theology
ISSN:0269-1205
ISSN (Online):1477-4623

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