Joseph Conrad and the Adventure Tradition

Joseph Conrad and the Adventure Tradition

by Andrea White
     
 

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Nineteenth-century adventure fiction relating to the British empire served to promote, celebrate, and justify the imperial project, asserting the essential and privileging difference between us and them, colonizer and colonized. Andrea White's study examines popular travel literature in relation to later adventure stories, and sets the fiction of Joseph Conrad in…  See more details below

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Nineteenth-century adventure fiction relating to the British empire served to promote, celebrate, and justify the imperial project, asserting the essential and privileging difference between us and them, colonizer and colonized. Andrea White's study examines popular travel literature in relation to later adventure stories, and sets the fiction of Joseph Conrad in this context, showing how Conrad demythologized the imperial subject constructed in earlier writing. She argues that the very complexity of Conrad's work provided an alternative, more critical means of evaluating the experience of empire.

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"...a useful contribution to the field." Jil Larson, Victorian Studies

"All in all, White's study is clearly written, modestly argued, and genuinely helpful in giving substance to generalizations often made about Conrad's fiction." David Leon Higon, English Literature in Transition

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ISBN-13:
9780521060769
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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