Joseph Conrad and the Anthropological Dilemma: 'Bewildered Traveller'

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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.
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Product Details

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

Table of Contents

Textual Notes and Abbreviations
Introduction: 'Bewildered Traveller': The Anthropological Dilemma in Joseph Conrad's Fiction 1
1 Transcultural Identification: The Anthropological Dilemma in Heart of Darkness and Victorian Anthropology 13
2 Cultural Immersion and Culture Shock in Conrad's Fiction 46
3 'Pioneers of Trade and Progress': Conrad's Civilization and its Discontents 72
4 The Rise and Fall of Empires: Heart of Darkness and Historical Cycles in the Victorian Era 100
5 'Going Native', Coming Home: 'Decivilization' in Heart of Darkness and Conrad's Malaysian Novels 125
6 Nordau's Degeneration and Lombroso's Atavism in Heart of Darkness and 'Falk' 153
7 Anthropology's Impact on Evolution and Ethics in the Victorian Era 179
8 Tribes and Detribalization: Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft 196
Bibliography 231
Index 245
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