Joseph Conrad and the Anthropological Dilemma: 'Bewildered Traveller'

Joseph Conrad and the Anthropological Dilemma: 'Bewildered Traveller'

by John W. Griffith, J. W. Griffith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198183003

ISBN-13: 9780198183006

Pub. Date: 10/28/1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Conrad's early fiction originated as a response to his travels in Malaysia, Borneo, and the Congo. As a sensitive observer of other cultures and a notable émigré, he was profoundly aware of the psychological impact of travel, and much of his early fiction portrays both literal and figurative voyages of Europeans into other cultures. This is the first

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Conrad's early fiction originated as a response to his travels in Malaysia, Borneo, and the Congo. As a sensitive observer of other cultures and a notable émigré, he was profoundly aware of the psychological impact of travel, and much of his early fiction portrays both literal and figurative voyages of Europeans into other cultures. This is the first detailed analysis of Conrad's early works in relation to other writings on "primitive" peoples, notably nineteenth-century anthropology, Victorian travel writing, and contemporary anthropological theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198183006
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Series:
Oxford English Monographs Series
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 5.69(h) x 0.79(d)
Lexile:
1480L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Textual Notes and Abbreviations
Introduction: 'Bewildered Traveller': The Anthropological Dilemma in Joseph Conrad's Fiction1
1Transcultural Identification: The Anthropological Dilemma in Heart of Darkness and Victorian Anthropology13
2Cultural Immersion and Culture Shock in Conrad's Fiction46
3'Pioneers of Trade and Progress': Conrad's Civilization and its Discontents72
4The Rise and Fall of Empires: Heart of Darkness and Historical Cycles in the Victorian Era100
5'Going Native', Coming Home: 'Decivilization' in Heart of Darkness and Conrad's Malaysian Novels125
6Nordau's Degeneration and Lombroso's Atavism in Heart of Darkness and 'Falk'153
7Anthropology's Impact on Evolution and Ethics in the Victorian Era179
8Tribes and Detribalization: Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft196
Bibliography231
Index245

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