Waiting For The Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians is an allegory of oppressor and oppressed.

Author: J.M. Coetzee

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446424960

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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For decades the Magistrate has run the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement, ignoring the impending war between the barbarians and the Empire, whose servant he is. But when the interrogation experts arrive, he is jolted into sympathy with the victims and into a quixotic act of rebellion which lands him in prison, branded as an enemy of the state. Waiting for the Barbarians is an allegory of oppressor and oppressed. Not just a man living through a crisis of conscience in an obscure place in remote times, the Magistrate is an analogue of all men living in complicity with regimes that ignore justice and decency.

Waiting for the Barbarians

72 waiting for the BARBARIAns consequences of our political weakness and
stupidity. The proposition seems to me to stand as proven in any morning's
newspaper. At least one story in every four speaks to the presence of a
constitutional ...

Author: Lewis H. Lapham

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859841198

Category: Political Science

Page: 234

View: 788

With invective all the more deadly for its grace and wit, Lewis Lapham, editor of Harper's magazine, presents a portrait of a feckless American establishment gone large in the stomach and soft in the head. This acerbic commentary on the insouciance of the monied ruling class concludes with a forewarning piece where Lapham looks at the fate of indolent ruling classes throughout history.

Waiting for the Barbarians

Detached from its context, the phrase “waiting for the barbarians,” which has
been used as everything from the title of a novel by ].M. Coetzee to the name of a
chic men's clothing store in Paris, seems to be about the plight of a precious ...

Author: Daniel Mendelsohn

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 159017609X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 440

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FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD AND THE PEN ART OF THE ESSAY AWARD Over the past decade and a half, Daniel Mendelsohn’s reviews for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review have earned him a reputation as “one of the greatest critics of our time” (Poets & Writers). In Waiting for the Barbarians, he brings together twenty-four of his recent essays—each one glinting with “verve and sparkle,” “acumen and passion”—on a wide range of subjects, from Avatar to the poems of Arthur Rimbaud, from our inexhaustible fascination with the Titanic to Susan Sontag’s Journals. Trained as a classicist, author of two internationally best-selling memoirs, Mendelsohn moves easily from penetrating considerations of the ways in which the classics continue to make themselves felt in contemporary life and letters (Greek myth in the Spider-Man musical, Anne Carson’s translations of Sappho) to trenchant takes on pop spectacles—none more explosively controversial than his dissection of Mad Men. Also gathered here are essays devoted to the art of fiction, from Jonathan Littell’s Holocaust blockbuster The Kindly Ones to forgotten gems like the novels of Theodor Fontane. In a final section, “Private Lives,” prefaced by Mendelsohn’sNew Yorker essay on fake memoirs, he considers the lives and work of writers as disparate as Leo Lerman, Noël Coward, and Jonathan Franzen. Waiting for the Barbarians once again demonstrates that Mendelsohn’s “sweep as a cultural critic is as impressive as his depth.”

Waiting for the Barbarians

A fascinating collection of writings on the influential literary critic and political campaigner.

Author: Müge Gürsoy Sökmen

Publisher: Verso Trade

ISBN: 9781844672462

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 204

View: 694

A fascinating collection of writings on the influential literary critic and political campaigner.

J M Coetzee

Waiting for the Barbarians is a pivotal work in the development of Coetzee's
oeuvre. There are sharp stylistic and narratological differences between
Dusklands and In the Heart of the Country, on the one hand, and Waiting for the
Barbarians, ...

Author: David Attwell

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520912519

Category: History

Page: 160

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David Attwell defends the literary and political integrity of South African novelist J.M. Coetzee by arguing that Coetzee has absorbed the textual turn of postmodern culture while still addressing the ethical tensions of the South African crisis. As a form of "situational metafiction," Coetzee's writing reconstructs and critiques some of the key discourses in the history of colonialism and apartheid from the eighteenth century to the present. While self-conscious about fiction-making, it takes seriously the condition of the society in which it is produced. Attwell begins by describing the intellectual and political contexts surrounding Coetzee's fiction and then provides a developmental analysis of his six novels, drawing on Coetzee's other writings in stylistics, literary criticism, translation, political journalism and popular culture. Elegantly written, Attwell's analysis deals with both Coetzee's subversion of the dominant culture around him and his ability to see the complexities of giving voice to the anguish of South Africa.

The Language of Fiction in a World of Pain

Torture and Interrogation : J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians In " The
Presence of Absence " Lance Olsen gives a Derridean reading of J. M. Coetzee's
Waiting for the Barbarians . 1 Calling upon Derrida's definition of a metaphysics
of ...

Author: Barbara J. Eckstein

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812213218

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 210

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This book offers new and provocative readings of Milan Kundera's Book of Laughter and Forgetting, J.M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians and Life and Times of Michael K, selected short fiction of Nadine Gordimer and Grace Paley, Ibuse Masuji's Black Rain, John Hawkes's Travesty, and others.

Exploration and Colonization

Waiting For the Barbarians: Narrative, History, and the Other” by Lorena Russell,
University of North Carolina at Asheville Written by South African novelist J. M.
Coetzee during South Africa's period of apartheid, Waiting for the Barbarians is ...

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1604134429

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 263

View: 800

Examines exploration, geographical discoveries, and colonization in the works of authors ranging from Homer through Bartolomâe de las Casas and Shakespeare to Wole Soyinka, Pablo Neruda, and Maxine Hong Kingston.

P re versions of the Truth

Waiting. for. the. Barbarians. (1980). This most allegorical of Coetzee's novels
commences with the familiar confrontation of two faces of power, in this case two
types of functionaries in the service of an Empire, the state of which we shall not ...


Publisher: Uniwersytet Slaski

ISBN: 8322617216


Page: 229

View: 357

Still waiting for the barbarians

... Alternative for South Africa. The Southern African Migration Project Still Waiting
for the Barbarians: SA Attitudes to Immigrants & Immigration Still Waiting for the
Barbarians: SA Attitudes to Immigrants &. STANFORD LIBRARIES Front Cover.

Author: Robert B. Mattes



Category: History

Page: 30

View: 814

Postcolonial Resistance

Deconstructing 'Barbarians': Colonial Discourse Theory J.M. Coetzee begins his
novel Waiting for the Barbarians (1980) with the interrogation of a suspected '
barbarian' spy by the 'Third Bureau' and rumours of an impending 'barbarian' ...

Author: David Jefferess

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802091903

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 659

"Postcolonial Resistance" seeks to redefine resistance to reconnect an analysis of colonial discourse to material structures of colonial exploitation and inequality.

Violence Identity and Self determination

In particular , using J . M . Coetzee ' s 1980 novel Waiting for the Barbarians as
the focus of my fragmentary reflections , I would like to address the ways in which
violence functions as a necessary component of eroticizing the colonized ...

Author: Hent de Vries

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804729963

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 401

View: 814

With the collapse of the bipolar system of global rivalry that dominated world politics after the Second World War, and in an age that is seeing the return of “ethnic cleansing” and “identity politics,” the question of violence, in all of its multiple ramifications, imposes itself with renewed urgency. Rather than concentrating on the socioeconomic or political backgrounds of these historical changes, the contributors to this volume rethink the concept of violence, both in itself and in relation to the formation and transformation of identities, whether individual or collective, political or cultural, religious or secular. In particular, they subject the notion of self-determination to stringent scrutiny: is it to be understood as a value that excludes violence, in principle if not always in practice? Or is its relation to violence more complex and, perhaps, more sinister? Reconsideration of the concepts, the practice, and even the critique of violence requires an exploration of the implications and limitations of the more familiar interpretations of the terms that have dominated in the history of Western thought. To this end, the nineteen contributors address the concept of violence from a variety of perspectives in relation to different forms of cultural representation, and not in Western culture alone; in literature and the arts, as well as in society and politics; in philosophical discourse, psychoanalytic theory, and so-called juridical ideology, as well as in colonial and post-colonial practices and power relations. The contributors are Giorgio Agamben, Ali Behdad, Cathy Caruth, Jacques Derrida, Michael Dillon, Peter Fenves, Stathis Gourgouris, Werner Hamacher, Beatrice Hanssen, Anselm Haverkamp, Marian Hobson, Peggy Kamuf, M. B. Pranger, Susan M. Shell, Peter van der Veer, Hent de Vries, Cornelia Vismann, and Samuel Weber.

J M Coetzee

CHAPTER 4 An ethical awakening: 'Waiting for the Barbarians' The process of
self-confrontation in the first three novels reaches a kind of plateau in Waiting fir
the Barbarians (1980). This is signalled through the idea of a personal
awakening ...

Author: Dominic Head

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521482325

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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The importance of J. M. Coetzee in the development of twentieth-century fiction is widely recognised. His work addresses some of the key issues of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries: the relationship between postmodernism and postcolonialism, the role of history in the novel, and the question of how the author can combine an ethical and political consciousness with a commitment to the novel as a work of fiction. In this study, written in 1998, Dominic Head assesses Coetzee's position as a white South African writer engaged with the legacy of colonialism. Through close readings of all the novels, Head shows how Coetzee inhabits a transitional site between Europe and Africa, and it is from this position that his more general concerns emerge. Coetzee's engagement with the problems facing the postcolonial writer, Head argues, is always enriched by his awareness of a wider literary tradition.

J M Coetzee and the Paradox of Postcolonial Authorship

Chapter 3 Madness and Civilization in Waiting for the Barbarians We have yet to
write the history of that other form of madness, by which men, in an act of
sovereign reason, confine their neighbors, and communicate and recognize each
other ...

Author: Dr Jane Poyner

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409475522

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

View: 627

In her analysis of the South African novelist J. M. Coetzee's literary and intellectual career, Jane Poyner illuminates the author's abiding preoccupation with what Poyner calls the "paradox of postcolonial authorship". Writers of conscience or conscience-stricken writers of the kind Coetzee portrays, whilst striving symbolically to bring the stories of the marginal and the oppressed to light, always risk reimposing the very authority they seek to challenge. From Dusklands to Diary of a Bad Year, Poyner traces how Coetzee rehearses and revises his understanding of the ethics of intellectualism in parallel with the emergence of the "new South Africa". She contends that Coetzee's modernist aesthetics facilitate a more exacting critique of the problems that encumber postcolonial authorship, including the authority it necessarily engenders. Poyner is attentive to the ways Coetzee's writing addresses the writer's proper role with respect to the changing ethical demands of contemporary political life. Theoretically sophisticated and accessible, her book is a major contribution to our understanding of the Nobel Laureate and to postcolonial studies.

The Politics of Humiliation in the Novels of J M Coetzee

What are we waiting for, gathered in the market-place? The barbarians are to
arrive today. Why so little activity in the Senate? Why do the senators sit there
without legislating? Because the barbarians will arrive today (Cavafy 143). The
above ...

Author: Hania A.M. Nashef

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136603387

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

View: 876

In this volume, Nashef looks at J.M. Coetzee's concern with universal suffering and the inevitable humiliation of the human being as manifest in his novels. Though several theorists have referred to the theme of human degradation in Coetzee’s work, no detailed study has been made of this area of concern especially with respect to how pervasive it is across Coetzee’s literary output to date. This study examines what J.M. Coetzee's novels portray as the circumstances that contribute to the humiliation of the individual--namely the abuse of language, master and slave interplay, aging and senseless waiting--and how these conditions can lead to the alienation and marginalization of the individual.

39 Microlectures

Constantine Cavafy's poem 'Waiting for the Barbarians' unfolds in questions and
answers, its voice apublicand collective first person plural, its time the present –
the uneventful mediterranean afternoon whichmarked theRoman Empire's ...

Author: Matthew Goulish

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134612397

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 589

'A series of accidents has brought you this book. You may think of it not as a book, but as a library, an elevator, an amateur performance in a nearby theatre. Open it to the table of contents. Turn to the page that sounds the most interesting to you. Read a sentence or two. Repeat the process. Read this book as a creative act, and feel encouraged.' 39 Microlectures: In Proximity of Performance is a collection of miniature stories, parables, musings and thinkpieces on the nature of reading, writing, art, collaboration, performance, life, death, the universe and everything. It is a unique and moving document for our times, full of curiosity and wonder, thoughtfulness and pain. Matthew Goulish, founder member of performance group Goat Island, meditates on these and other diverse themes, proving, along the way, that the boundaries between poetry and criticism, and between creativity and theory, are a lot less fixed than they may seem. The book is revelatory, solemn yet at times hilarious, and genuinely written to inspire - or perhaps provoke - creativity and thought.

Barbarism and Its Discontents

art's waiting for the barbarians C. P. Cavafy's and J. M. Coetzee's explorations
ofthe theme ofwaiting for the barbarians set the stage for a performance that
never takes place but leaves us “on a road that may lead nowhere” and in search
of ...

Author: Maria Boletsi

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804785376

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

View: 537

Barbarism and civilization form one of the oldest and most rigid oppositions in Western history. According to this dichotomy, barbarism functions as the negative standard through which "civilization" fosters its self-definition and superiority by labeling others "barbarians." Since the 1990s, and especially since 9/11, these terms have become increasingly popular in Western political and cultural rhetoric—a rhetoric that divides the world into forces of good and evil. This study intervenes in this recent trend and interrogates contemporary and historical uses of barbarism, arguing that barbarism also has a disruptive, insurgent potential. Boletsi recasts barbarism as a productive concept, finding that it is a common thread in works of literature, art, and theory. By dislodging barbarism from its conventional contexts, this book reclaims barbarism's edge and proposes it as a useful theoretical tool.

Colonial and Postcolonial Fiction in English

Waiting. for. the. Barbarians. The barbarians come out at night. Before darkness
falls the last goat must be brought in, the gates barred, a watch set in every
lookout to call the hours. All night, it is said, the barbarians prowl about bent on
murder ...

Author: Robert Ross

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136513299

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 468

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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Facts on File Companion to World Poetry

CONSTANTINE P. CAVAFY (1898) One of CAVAFY's earlier poems, “Waiting for
the Barbarians” is also one of his best known internationally, second perhaps
only to “ITHAKA.” With its diachronic subject of how a society relates to those it ...

Author: R. Victoria Arana

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438108370

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 532

View: 443

The Popes and the Baltic Crusades

For a recent study of these, see L. Kaljundi, “Waiting for the Barbarians: The
Imagery, Dynamics and Functions of the Other in Northern German Missionary
Chronicles, 11th–Early 13th Centuries. The Gestae Hammaburgensis Ecclesiae

Author: Iben Fonnesberg-Schmidt

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004155023

Category: Religion

Page: 287

View: 966

"The Popes and the Baltic Crusades" examines the formulation of papal policy on the crusades and missions in the Baltic region in the central Middle Ages and analyses why and how the crusade concept was extended from the Holy Land to the Baltic region.

Us them

... as or as Waiting for the Barbarians , the book he is best known for and which
was considered by most critics to be a masterpiece . Barbarians constituted a
relatively clear exposé of imperialism and the falsity of the position of the
colonisateur ...

Author: Gordon Collier

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789051833942

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

View: 895