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Titular Space in J.M. Coetzee's Summertime: A Maquette for a Portrait, or a Self-Portrait, of the Artist Finding his Feet

Brian Macaskill


This essay considers the title of J.M. Coetzee’s Summertime from the perspective of a remark Coetzee makes in Doubling the Point that ‘all writing is autobiographical,’ and posits a concept of ‘titular space’ tropologically exceeding the ‘reality effect’ envisaged by Roland Barthes.


J.M. Coetzee; Summertime; titles; deictics; In the Heart of the Country; Adorno; Kafka; autobiography; biography; Boyhood; dialectics; Jacques Derrida

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