Anthony Uhlmann

Anthony Uhlmann

is the Director of the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney.


About Anthony Uhlmann

Anthony Uhlmann is the Director of the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. He is the author of Thinking in Literature: Joyce, Woolf, Nabokov (2011) and two books on Samuel Beckett, Beckett and Poststructuralism (1999) and Samuel Beckett and the Philosophical Image (2006). He was the editor of the Journal of Beckett Studies from 2008-2013. He has just completed a monograph on J. M. Coetzee to be published next year with Bloomsbury Academic, called J. M. Coetzee, Truth, Meaning, Fiction. His most recent book is the novel Saint Antony in his Desert (UWAP, 2018).


Articles about Anthony Uhlmann

Saint Antony in his Desert by Anthony Uhlmann

Desert Time

'Anthony Uhlmann has long been interested in the philosophical function of literature – not only its capacity to contain philosophical discussion, but the formal unfolding of the literary work itself as a philosophical act. St Antony in His Desert, Uhlmann’s first foray into fiction, is an unapologetically cerebral book, incorporating a key debate in the early twentieth-century clash between philosophy and physics.'

Articles by Anthony Uhlmann

The Other Way, The Other Truth, The Other Life: Simpson Returns

When we are faced with a world whose problems all seem ‘wicked’ and intractable, what is it that fiction can do? Isn’t it always more useful to confront real instances of the problems we face through journalism, political essays and opinion pieces, or non-fictional representations of lived experiences of all kinds? Won’t those kinds of non-fictional intervention be more useful? At the very least if one is to attempt to engage with these things via fiction shouldn’t the mode the writer uses be sombre realism? Isn’t the mode of satire, which derives its impact in large part through humour (however dark), simply disrespectful of the enormity of suffering that is being experienced? Isn’t it inconsequential in relation to how actual problems might actually be solved?

Inexperience and other stories by Anthony Macris

A Real Inexperience: Inexperience and other stories

The strangeness of Macris’s stories are not derived from uncommon states...

J.M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing by David Attwell

Face to Face with the Archive: J. M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing

‘The work is a kind of biography, or at least enters into the space normally inhabited by the biography, yet it does so more or less exclusively through David Attwell’s reading of the J.M. Coetzee archive at the Harry Ransom Center. I say more or less exclusively because, while he pushes it down in the mix, so to speak, he is one of the best informed critics of Coetzee and has comprehensive knowledge of the critical literature that has built around him, and his book is also informed by this. It is further informed by his capacity as a literary critic, because, as well as developing a focus on Coetzee’s life, Attwell offers strong and original readings of the works themselves.’

Signs for the Soul

In 2012 J.M. Coetzee wrote an article on Gerald Murnane for the New York Review of Books. What are the relationships between how these two authors approach their writing?