Review of J. M. Coetzee and the Limits of Cosmopolitanism, by Katherine Hallemeier
In the old sense of 'cosmopolitan' as describing a global citizen, Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee certainly could be seen to fit the bill. Born in South Africa of mixed English and Afrikaans heritage, having worked and studied in London and Texas, and now living in Adelaide as an Australian citizen, he seems to have escaped the constraints of old-fashioned nationality. But Katherine Hallemeier's book, JM. Coetzee and the Limits of Cosmopolitanism, is not concerned with the writer's cosmopolitan identity: it is a carefully considered explication of his later fiction in the light of contemporary cosmopolitan theory and discourse.
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