Space, Conrad, and Modernity

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Overview


Recent literary and cultural criticism has taken a spatial turn. Nowadays, to speak is to speak from, to, or in; to know something is to have "mapped" its discursive operation. Focusing on the work of Joseph Conrad, in whom the opposition between a space of words and a space of things is strikingly figured, this book locates this development within the opposition between a space of things and a space of words. Among the figures drawn into dialogue with Conrad are John Buchan, Woolf, Joyce, Peter Kropotkin, René de Saussure (brother of the famous Ferdinand), Henri Bergson, the filmmakers George Méliès and Carol Reed and, in particular, Michel Foucault, whose anxious negotiation with spatial ideas touches the book's deepest understanding.
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"What distinguishes Con Coroneos's Space, Conrad, and Modernity is panache, that incomparable blend of wit and chutzpah.... A series of brilliant intellectual riffs that soar like jazz solos, proceeding by association rather than logic, from John Buchan to Orson Welles, from seances to semiotics.... The book appeals to the reader who looks to criticism for a serious yet playful engagement with ideas. For this idea-laden, theory-laced work of literary criticism is above all a good read. That this description is not an oxymoron suggests that Coroneos's book is a rare and notable achievement."--English Literature in Transition 1880-1920

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198187363
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

St John's College, University of Cambridge
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. I: Closed space: Such a cruel knowledge
2. Hearless modernism
3. The idiom of Idiom Neutral
4. II: Language to infinity: Mystical criticism
5. Why Bergson laughs
6. Do the police have dreams?
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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