Under Conrads Eyes: The Novel as Criticism Michael John DiSanto

ISBN: 9780773535107

Published: April 1st 2009

Hardcover

272 pages


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Under Conrads Eyes: The Novel as Criticism  by  Michael John DiSanto

Under Conrads Eyes: The Novel as Criticism by Michael John DiSanto
April 1st 2009 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 272 pages | ISBN: 9780773535107 | 9.27 Mb

Joseph Conrads novels are recognized as great works of fiction, but they should also be counted as great works of criticism. A voracious reader throughout his life, Conrad wrote novels that question and transform the ideas he encountered inMoreJoseph Conrads novels are recognized as great works of fiction, but they should also be counted as great works of criticism. A voracious reader throughout his life, Conrad wrote novels that question and transform the ideas he encountered in non-fiction, novels, and scientific and philosophic works.

Under Conrads Eyes looks at Conrads revaluations of some of his important nineteenth-century predecessors - Carlyle, Darwin, Dickens, George Eliot, Dostoevsky, and Nietzsche. Detailed readings of works from Heart of Darkness to Victory explore Conrads language and style, focusing on questions regarding the will to know and the avoidance of knowledge, the potential harmfulness of sympathy, and the competing instincts for self-preservation and self-destruction.

Comparative analyses show how Conrad transforms aspects of Bleak House into The Secret Agent and Middlemarch into Nostromo. Especially compelling are explorations of Conrads ambivalence towards Carlyles faith in work and hero-worship as rejuvenators of English culture and his views on Nietzsches assault on Christianity. This important new study of a novelist of profound contemporary relevance demonstrates how Conrad exemplifies the artist as critic while challenging both the categories we impose on texts and the boundaries we erect between literary periods.



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