Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography

Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography

by Edward W. Said
     
 

Edward W. Said locates Joseph Conrad's fear of personal disintegration in his constant re-narration of the past. Using the author's personal letters as a guide to understanding his fiction, Said draws an important parallel between Conrad's view of his own life and the manner and form of his stories. The critic also argues that the author, who set his fiction in

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Edward W. Said locates Joseph Conrad's fear of personal disintegration in his constant re-narration of the past. Using the author's personal letters as a guide to understanding his fiction, Said draws an important parallel between Conrad's view of his own life and the manner and form of his stories. The critic also argues that the author, who set his fiction in exotic locations like East Asia and Africa, projects political dimensions in his work that mirror a colonialist preoccupation with "civilizing" native peoples. Said then suggests that this dimension should be considered when reading all of Western literature. First published in 1966, Said's critique of the Western self's struggle with modernity signaled the beginnings of his groundbreaking work, Orientalism, and remains a cornerstone of postcolonial studies today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231140058
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,464,950
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Andrew N. RubinPrefaceList of AbbreviationsPart One: Conrad's LettersI. The Claims of IndividualityII. Character and the Knitting Machine, 1896-1912III. The Claims of Fiction, 1896-1912IV. Worlds at War, 1912-1918V. The New Order, 1918-1924Part Two: Conrad's Shorter FictionVI. The Past and the PresentVII. The Craft of the PresentVIII. Truth, Idea, and ImageIX. The Shadow LineChronology, 1889-1924Letter to R. B. Cunninghame Graham, February 8, 1899Selected BibliographyNotesIndex

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