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Conrad's shadow : catastrophe, mimesis, theory
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ISBN: 9781611862188 9781609175030 1609175034 1611862183 9781628952766 9781628962765 1628952768 Year: 2016 Publisher: East Lansing : Michigan State University Press,

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Western thought has often dismissed shadows as fictional, but what if fictions reveal original truths? Drawing on an anti-Platonic tradition in critical theory, Lawtoo adopts ethical, anthropological, and philosophical lenses to offer new readings of Joseph Conrad’s novels and the postcolonial and cinematic works that respond to his oeuvre. He argues that Conrad’s fascination with doubles urges readers to reflect on the two sides of mimesis: one side is dark and pathological, and involves the escalation of violence, contagious epidemics, and catastrophic storms; the other side is luminous and therapeutic, and promotes communal survival, postcolonial reconciliation, and plastic adaptations to changing environments. Once joined, the two sides reveal Conrad as an author whose Janus-faced fictions are powerfully relevant to our contemporary world of global violence and environmental crisis.

Conrad in perspective : essays on art and fidelity
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ISBN: 0511582099 051100091X 0585000530 9780585000534 9780511000911 9780521573214 0521573211 0521021464 9780521021463 0521573211 9780511582097 Year: 1997 Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press,

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Zdzislaw Najder, one of the world's leading authorities on Joseph Conrad and author of the major biography Joseph Conrad: A Chronicle (1983), is widely acclaimed for his particular insights into Conrad's Polish background. The fruits of thirty years of Conrad study appear in this landmark volume of his essays, which explore a wide range of topics: Conrad's national and cultural heritage; his fictions, from the unfinished 'Sisters' and Lord Jim to The Secret Agent; his attitude towards Russia in general and Dostoevsky in particular; his concepts of man and society; and the role of the idea of honour in his work. In a series of more general essays Najder goes on to place Conrad's work within a broad European philosophical, political and literary context. Conrad in Perspective offers new insights into the life and work of one of the twentieth century's greatest novelists by one of his most perceptive critics.


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Our Conrad : constituting American modernity
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ISBN: 0804775710 9780804775717 9780804757911 0804757917 0804783136 Year: 2010 Publisher: Stanford, CA : Stanford University Press,

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Our Conrad is a literary and cultural history, political in emphasis, of the modern American invention of Joseph Conrad as a ""master"" literary figure as well as a call to transnationalize the field of American literary and cultural studies.


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Joseph Conrad and the swan song of romance
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ISBN: 1351154826 1282385348 9786612385346 0754695956 9780754695950 9781282385344 9780754669029 0754669025 9781351154826 6612385340 1003063454 1138358258 Year: 2010 Publisher: Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate,

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In the first critical study wholly devoted to Joseph Conrad's use of techniques associated with the literary tradition of romance, Katherine Isobel Baxter argues that Conrad's engagement with the genre invigorated his work throughout his career. Exploring the ways in which Conrad borrows from, alludes to, and subverts the tropes of romance, Baxter suggests that Conrad's ambivalent relationship with popular forms like the adventure novel is revealed in the way he uses romance conventions to disrupt narrative expectations and make visible ethical problems with Europe's colonial project. Baxter e


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Joseph Conrad and the anxiety of knowledge
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ISBN: 1611173078 9781611173079 1306576768 9781306576765 9781611173062 161117306X Year: 2014 Publisher: Columbia : University of South Carolina Press,

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