Abstract

Abstract:

J.M. Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus (2013) and The Schooldays of Jesus (2016) propose levelling critiques of secular humanism. Through his intertextual dialogue with Gabriel García Márquez's The General in His Labyrinth (1991), Coetzee tacitly questions the epistemological, ontological, and temporal consequences of the humanistic political "vision" that has been absorbed by postcolonial discourse in the academy. Coetzee shows how this vision ends in an amnesiac posthistory. If reluctantly, he posits that we must revive mystical and transcendent possibility to avoid this fate. Coetzee's openness to religious consciousness tracks with recent announcements of the postsecular age (Jurgen Habermas, among others) yet radically challenges their abiding progressive temporal frame. Coetzee implies that remembrance should form the foundation of a "postsecularity" that strives to ontologically preserve the radical potential of the present moment.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1464
Print ISSN
0022-281X
Pages
pp. 146-164
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-18
Open Access
No
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