Michelle Kelly is a Departmental Lecturer in World Literatures in English in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on South African literature, especially the work of J. M. Coetzee. She is also interested in comparative frameworks of world literature, especially the relationship between literature and the law, and literature and other art forms.
University of Oxford
In this essay, I show that J. M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello is shaped fundamentally by an engagement with Joyce’s Ulysses. However, the relationship between the two does not reveal itself in the rewriting of Joyce’s ‘Penelope’ that Costello’s literary…