Katherine Hallemeier deposited J. M. Coetzee’s Literature of Hospice in the group LLC 20th- and 21st-Century English and Anglophone on MLA Commons 4 years, 7 months ago
This essay examines scenes portrayingcare for the aging, ill, and dying across J.M. Coetzee’s fiction. Even as Coetzee’s work models an ideal of hospice that resonates with Derrida’s conception of unconditional hospitality, it also attends to how this ideal is constrained by a global neoliberal regime that conceives of dying as a crisis to be managed. Coetzee’s fiction envisions both care for the dying and dying itself not only as managed, routinized labor but also as potentially unmanageable acts of creation.