Joseph Conrad and the Modern Temper (Oxford English Monographs Series)

Joseph Conrad and the Modern Temper (Oxford English Monographs Series)

by Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan, Erdinarst-Vulcan
     
 

ISBN-10: 019811785X

ISBN-13: 9780198117858

Pub. Date: 02/28/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This study relates Conrad's work to the cultural crisis of the late nineteenth century, the post-Nietzschean phase of modernity. It discusses "faultlines"— ambiguities and apparent aesthetic ruptures— in nine of the major novels and novellas. These faultlines are diagnosed as the symptoms of an unresolved tension between Conrad's temperamental

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This study relates Conrad's work to the cultural crisis of the late nineteenth century, the post-Nietzschean phase of modernity. It discusses "faultlines"— ambiguities and apparent aesthetic ruptures— in nine of the major novels and novellas. These faultlines are diagnosed as the symptoms of an unresolved tension between Conrad's temperamental affinity with the Nietzschean outlook and his fierce ideological rejection of its ultimate implications. Presenting Conrad as a modernist at war with modernity, the author studies the perpetual tug-of-war between the artistic will to meaning and the writer's susceptibility to the modern temper, both as a theme and as a structuring principle in his work. The modes of this struggle are defined as the failure of myth, the failure of metaphysics, and the failure of textuality. This forceful and original book draws on the work of Nietzsche, Valhinger, Bakhtin, Heller, MacIntyre, and other philosophers and cultural historians to present the ethical and epistemological issues which are interwoven with Conrad's aesthetics.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198117858
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1994
Series:
Oxford English Monographs Series
Edition description:
Reprinted
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1The Modern Temper9
2The Failure of Myth22
A.Lord Jim34
B.The Rescue47
C.Nostromo67
3The Failure of Metaphysics86
A.Heart of Darkness91
B.Under Western Eyes108
C.The Shadow-Line127
4The Failure of Textuality139
A.Chance156
B.Victory172
C.The Arrow of Gold186
Bibliography201
Index215

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