Jane Poyner is a lecturer in English, specializing in postcolonial literature, in the school of English at the University of Exeter.
Listed in: African Studies · African Literature · Literary Studies
A 2007 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title
J. M. Coetzee and the Idea of the Public Intellectual addresses the contribution Coetzee has made to contemporary literature, not least for the contentious forays his work makes into South African political discourse and the field of postcolonial studies.
“Poyner succinctly situates Coetzee in biographical, socio-cultural, and literary contexts, and her brief interview with him effectively dramatizes the challenges of trying to pin him down. The essays—a lively mix of work by such established Coetzee scholars as Derek Attridge and Lucy Graham and emerging scholars like Laura Wright—are noteworthy for their critical insights into Coetzee’s later fiction.”