Joseph Conrad and the Modern Temper
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Joseph Conrad and the Modern Temper

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ISBN-13:
9780198117858
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.09.1991
Seiten:
240
Autor:
Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan
Gewicht:
472 g
Format:
221x147x23 mm
Serie:
Oxford English Monographs
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

A study of Conrad's work set against the crisis of modernity at the turn of the century. It discusses nine major novels and novellas, and presents Conrad as a "modernist at war with modernity" who, despite his affinity with the Nietzschean outlook, rejected its ultimate implications.
Part 1 The modern temper. Part 2 The failure of myth: "Lord Jim"; "Nostromo"; "The Rescue". Part 3 The failure of metaphysics: "Heart of Darkness"; "Under Western Eyes"; "The Shadow Line". Part 4 The failure of textuality: "Chance"; "Victory"; "The Arrow of Gold".
This study relates Conrad's work to the cultural crisis of the late nineteenth century, the post-Nietzschean phase of modernity. It discusses "faultlines"-- ambiguities and apparent aesthetic ruptures-- in nine of the major novels and novellas. These faultlines are diagnosed as the symptomsof an unresolved tension between Conrad's temperamental affinity with the Nietzschean outlook and his fierce ideological rejection of its ultimate implications. Presenting Conrad as a modernist at war with modernity, the author studies the perpetual tug-of-war between the artistic will to meaningand the writer's susceptibility to the modern temper, both as a theme and as a structuring principle in his work. The modes of this struggle are defined as the failure of myth, the failure of metaphysics, and the failure of textuality. This forceful and original book draws on the work ofNietzsche, Valhinger, Bakhtin, Heller, MacIntyre, and other philosophers and cultural historians to present the ethical and epistemological issues which are interwoven with Conrad's aesthetics.