Joseph Conrad and the Reader: Questioning Modern Theories of Narrative and Readership

Overview

Joseph Conrad and the Reader is the first book fully devoted to Conrad's relation to the reader, visual theory and authorship. This challenging study proposes new approaches to modern literary criticism and deftly examines the limits of deconstructionist theories, introducing groundbreaking new theoretical concepts of reading and reception.

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Overview

Joseph Conrad and the Reader is the first book fully devoted to Conrad's relation to the reader, visual theory and authorship. This challenging study proposes new approaches to modern literary criticism and deftly examines the limits of deconstructionist theories, introducing groundbreaking new theoretical concepts of reading and reception.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230228115
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/24/2009
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

AMAR ACHERAOU (PhD, Sorbonne Nouvelle) has published numerous articles on Joseph Conrad, modernist literatures, postmodernist thought, and postcolonial theories. He is the author of Rethinking Postcolonialism: Colonialist Discourse in Modern Literatures and the Legacy of Classical Writers and editor of Joseph Conrad and the Orient. He is currently completing a book entitled Demystifying Third Space Narratives: Hybridity in Postcolonial and Globalization Discourses.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES
Conrad's Conception of Authorship: Probing the Implications and Limits of the Death-of-the-author Theory
PART II: RECEPTION THEORY: READING AS A CULTURAL AND IDEOLOGICAL CONSTRUCT
Polish Responses: Art and the Ethics of Collectivity
British Reception: Englishness and the Act of Reading
PART III: AESTHETIC RAMIFICATIONS, NARRATIVE ENTANGLEMENTS &—FICTIONAL READERS
Conrad's Visual Aesthetics: Classical and Modern Connections
A Cartography of Conrad's Fictional Readers: Reading Hierarchy in Lord Jim, 'Heart of Darkness', Nostromo and Victory
Narrative Solidarity and Competition for Truth and Signification
Conrad and the Construction of the Reader: Tension between Democratic Vision and Aristocratic Leaning
Narrative Self-Consciousness and the Act of Reading: Examining Under Western Eyes through the Lens of Fielding's, Sterne's and Diderot's Poetics
Conclusion
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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