Conrad in Perspective: Essays on Art and Fidelity

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Zdzislaw Najder is one of the world's leading authorities on Joseph Conrad and is widely acclaimed for his particular insights into Conrad's Polish background. The fruits of thirty years of Conrad study appear in this landmark volume of his essays. Najder's insights are brought to bear on Conrad's national and cultural heritage, on his fiction itself, on his concepts of man and society, and on his European context. The volume offers new perspectives on Conrad's life and work by one of his most extraordinary ...
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Overview

Zdzislaw Najder is one of the world's leading authorities on Joseph Conrad and is widely acclaimed for his particular insights into Conrad's Polish background. The fruits of thirty years of Conrad study appear in this landmark volume of his essays. Najder's insights are brought to bear on Conrad's national and cultural heritage, on his fiction itself, on his concepts of man and society, and on his European context. The volume offers new perspectives on Conrad's life and work by one of his most extraordinary critics.
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"...Najder's book about Conrad's art and fidelity is important. It deserves to be read by both established Conrad scholars and the new Conrad readers alike for whom it offers an elucidating overall approach." Michel Collomb, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature

"Contrary to what one might expect--given Nadjer's encyclopedic, detailed knowledge of Polish culture and history, Conrad's life and fiction, and the currents of contemporary literary scholarship--his prose style is simple, graceful, and straightforward, a pleasure to read." P.D. O'Connor, Choice

"...to help us better understand Conrad in context, we need Majder." Brian W. Shaffer, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521021463
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Note on the texts
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction, or confession of a mastodon 1
2 Conrad's Polish background, or from biography to a study of culture 11
3 Joseph Conrad's parents 18
4 Joseph Conrad and Tadeusz Bobrowski 44
5 The Sisters: a grandiose failure 68
6 Lord Jim: a Romantic tragedy of honour 81
7 The Mirror of the Sea 95
8 A Personal Record 102
9 Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent, or the melodrama of reality 110
10 Conrad, Russia and Dostoevsky 119
11 Conrad and Rousseau: concepts of man and society 139
12 Conrad and the idea of honour 153
13 Joseph Conrad: a European writer 165
14 Joseph Conrad after a century 176
15 Joseph Conrad in his historical perspective 188
16 Fidelity and art: Joseph Conrad's cultural heritage and literary programme 199
Notes 213
Index 236
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