Joseph Conrad and the Modern Temper
By (author) Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan
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Joseph Conrad and the Modern Temper by Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan
Book DescriptionA study which relates Conrad's work to the crisis of modernity in the late nineteenth century, this book discusses 'faultlines' - ambiguities and apparent aesthetic ruptures - in nine of the major novels and novellas. These faultlines are diagnosed as the symptoms of 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 meaning and 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 continuously forceful and original inquiry draws on the work of Nietzsche, Vaihinger, Bakhtin, Heller, and MacIntyre, amongst others, to present the ethical and epistemological issues which are interwoven with Conrad's aesthetics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198117858
(223mm x 144mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 15-Aug-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This study engages with the troubled question of authorial subjectivity and ethics in modernism in general and in Conrad's short fiction in particular, and offers an original theoretical perspective, inspired by the work of Derrida and the early philosophical writings of M.M. Bakhtin.
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