Old Myths – Modern Empires

Power, Language and Identity in J.M. Coetzee’s Work

by Michela Canepari-Labib (Author)
Monographs 314 Pages


This study gives substantial coverage and close critical attention to a wide range of Coetzee’s published writings, in the attempt to situate his œuvre within the framework of both postmodernist and postcolonial theory and criticism. In addition, it links the political and social aspects of Coetzee’s work, its South African provenance and its often oblique engagement with contemporary issues, with formal questions regarding structure, rhetoric and narrative strategies as tackled in his novels. By approaching Coetzee’s fiction from a variety of critical angles and taking into account both the transformations in the socio-political context of South Africa, and the recent changes in critical reception (exemplified by the Nobel Prize he was awarded in 2003) this book therefore offers a thorough assessment of the author’s œuvre.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (June)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2005. 314 pp.

Biographical notes

Michela Canepari-Labib (Author)

The Author: Michela Canepari-Labib was born in Italy and educated at the University of Pavia (Italy) where she studied English and French Literature and at the University of Sussex (UK) where she obtained a Master’s degree in Critical Theory and a Ph.D. in English Literature. She was recently awarded a scholarship from the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici directed by Umberto Eco at the University of Bologna. She is the author of Word-Worlds, a study of Christine Brooke-Rose’s work (Peter Lang, 2002). She teaches English at the Universities of Parma and Milan (Italy).


Title: Old Myths – Modern Empires