J. M. Coetzee:
Heartbreaking Narrative and
Subtle Redemption in Oppressed Dusklands
Arlene TePaske Landau, PhD
Sunday, 4 PM - 6 PM, March 2nd, 2008
South African novelist, critic, and translator J.M. Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. The violent history and racist politics of his native country, associated worldwide with the travesty of Apartheid provide a profusion of raw material for his portrayal of the universal agony experienced by disenfranchised human beings in conditions of war, displacement, and extreme poverty. Many of his characters share an inner integrity and traverse an existential and archetypal set of themes: racial oppression and dissension, the abuses of authority, prejudice, physical anguish, and a profound lack of love. C.G. Jung once responded to the question of why people don't see visions anymore with: "Because no one is prepared to stoop so low."
Arlene TePaske Landau, PhD, is an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She holds a BA in Fine Arts, Masters Degrees in Psychology and Mythological Studies, and a PhD in Mythological Studies. She is in private practice in Pacific Palisades.