Audio: Stephen Mulhall on Coetzee and the Difficulty of Reality

Just yesterday (Feb. 3), Stephen Mulhall (Oxford) delivered a lecture at Royal Holloway, University of London, entitled “Philosophy, Literature and the Difficulty of Reality: J.M.Coetzee and Elizabeth Costello.” It returns to, and further explores, ideas he has written about recently in his superb book, The Wounded Animal: J. M. Coetzee and the Difficulty of Reality in Literature and Philosophy.

Here is the abstract of Mulhall’s talk:

This paper aims to define the notion of modernism that is at work in Coetzee by reference to Watt, Eagleton and Fried, and suggests that Cora Diamond’s Wittgenstein is a modernist philosopher in just that way. It proceeds to examine how Coetzee defines the realism of his ‘Elizabeth Costello’ in terms of embedding and embodying; and ends by bringing in Diamond as a reader of Coetzee who aspires to delineate a Wittgensteinian philosophy that is equally realist in its aspirations.

The Backdoor Broadcasting Company has made audio of both the talk and the Q&A session available online. To access the audio recordings, please visit Backdoor Broadcasting’s webpage for the lecture by clicking here.


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