Literature towards the World

Date: 2012-07-06
Hour: 11:00
Normal price: admission free
Duration: 2 h
Venue: Culture Pathway


participants: Jerzy Koch, Derek Attridge, David Attwell


Derek Attridge is a Professor of English at the University of York. Similarly to J.M. Coetzee, he was born and raised in South Africa and some of his recent work is concerned with South African literature. In J. M. Coetzee and the Ethics of Reading. Literature in the Event (2004) he reflects on the limits of interpretation – the ethical dimension of literature and reading. He is also a well-known Joyce scholar. His publications on Joyce include two books: Joyce Effects (2000) and How to Read Joyce (2007), in addition to several contributions to another book, Peculiar Language (1988) and four critical Joyce anthologies.

David Attwell is a Professor of Modern Literature at the University of York. He has published widely in the fields of anglophone African literature, South African literature, and postcolonial studies. David Attwell’s most well known work on J.M. Coetzee is a monograph, J.M. Coetzee: South Africa and the Politics of Writing (1993) and a collection of essays which includes a series of dialogues with Coetzee, Doubling the Point (1992). More recent books are Rewriting Modernity: Studies in Black South African Literary History (2005, 2006) and Bury Me at the Marketplace: Es’kia Mphahlele and Company, Letters 1943-2006 (co-edited with N. Chabani Manganyi, 2010). He is currently writing a political and intellectual biography of J.M.Coetzee.

Jerzy Koch (Professor) is a Polish literary researcher specialising in Afrikaans, Colonial, Dutch and South African literature and the Afrikaans language. Since 1997 he has been associated with the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, where he is Head of the Department of Dutch and South African Studies at the School of English. He is the first ever foreigner to have been accepted as a full member of the South African Academy for Science and Arts. His research interests include the reception of J.M. Coetzee’s works in Poland (Wenus hotentocka i inne rozprawy o literaturze południowoafrykańskiej, 2008).