John Peters investigates the impact of Impressionism on Conrad and links this to his literary techniques as well as his philosophical and political views. Impressionism, Peters argues, enabled Conrad to encompass both surface and depth not only in visually perceived phenomena but also in his narratives and objects of consciousness, be they physical objects, human subjects, events or ideas. Conrad and Impressionism investigates the sources and implications of Conrad's impressionism in order to argue for a consistent link among his literary technique, philosophical presuppositions and socio-political views.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Edition description:||Revised ed.|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)|
About the Author
John G. Peters is Assistant Professor of English as University of Wisconsin-Superior. He won the Joseph Conrad Society of America's Young Scholar's Award for 1999. This is his first book.
Table of Contents
Preface; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Introduction: objects of consciousness in Conrad's impressionist world; 1. Subject/object: science and the epistemological origins of literary impressionism; 2. Objects and events in the 'primitive eye': the epistemology of objectivity; 3. Other-like-self and other-unlike-self: the epistemology of subjectivity; 4. 'Sudden holes' in time: the epistemology of temporality; 5. Radical relativism, epistemological certainty and ethical absolutes: Conrad's impressionist response to solopsism and anarchy; Epilogue; Notes; Selected bibliography; Index.