Carrol Clarkson will be discussing the work of Nobel Prize-winning novelist, J.M. Coetzee at GIPCA’s Great texts / Big Questions public lecture series.
The texts under discussion in Clarkson’s lecture are Waiting for the Barbarians and Disgrace. The publication of Waiting for the Barbarians confirmed Coetzee’s standing as a novelist of international repute; Disgrace is Coetzee’s most widely discussed – and his most controversial work, not least because of the novel’s winning of the Booker Prize in 1999, the charges of racism lodged against the novel at the Human Rights Commission, and the recent release of the film, Disgrace, starring John Malkovich.
Clarkson’s research interests lie in the philosophy of language and in post apartheid South African literature and art. Her most recent publication is her book on Coetzee, entitled J.M. Coetzee: Countervoices. In her GIPCA lecture she will be asking a big question about the limits of literary representation, with specific reference to Waiting for the Barbarians and Disgrace.
Great Texts / Big Questions is one of several exciting GIPCA initiatives and is intended to engender a culture of exchange of ideas, opinion and conjecture. The audience is encouraged to familiarise themselves with the subject beforehand, so they will be able contribute to discussion if they wish.