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 newtheoretical concepts of reading and reception.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan UK|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)|
About 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.
Table of ContentsList 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