|Oct. 2, 2003||
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John M. Coetzee of the University of Chicago receives 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature
John M. Coetzee, Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, has received the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was cited for his work which "in innumerable guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider." He has taught at Chicago since 1996 and been a professor here since 2001.
A scholar of literature who has written on the language, ethics and politics of figures ranging from Erasmus to Tolstoy and Kafka, Coetzee is best known for having twice won the Booker prize, Britain's highest honor for fiction. Both his fiction and nonfiction have provided insights into the problems of violence, censorship, and how people treat those different from themselves. Among Coetzee's academic writings are Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship, The Lives of Animals, and White Writing: On the Culture of Letters in South Africa. Among his recent literary writings are Disgrace and Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II.
Educated at the University of Cape Town, where he earned B.A.s with honors in English (1960) and Mathematics (1961), Coetzee was awarded an M.A. in English there in 1963. After travel to Britain, he completed Ph.D. work in English at the University of Texas, Austin in 1969. Coetzee has taught at the State University of New York and the University of Cape Town, as well as Harvard and Johns Hopkins. Coetzee has also been awarded the Jerusalem Prize, the Commonwealth Literary Award, and the rank of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in the Royal Society of Literature.
We currently do not expect Coetzee to be available for interviews but have arranged for colleagues to speak about him. Please see the statement from John M. Coetzee or contact Bill Harms or Seth Sanders for information.Statements from colleagues of John M. Coetzee:
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