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A political genealogy of Joseph Conrad, Richard Ruppel

Label
A political genealogy of Joseph Conrad
Title
A political genealogy of Joseph Conrad
Statement of responsibility
Richard Ruppel
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, who gradually transformed himself into the English writer, Joseph Conrad, was a mercurial personality. He left Poland for the sea, though he had no experience with salt water. He left the Polish language for French, and then for English. He attempted suicide at the age of twenty. He invested in various schemes and lost his inheritance. He married an English typist nearly sixteen years younger than himself with whom he had nothing in common. He worked as a writer though he made no money through all the years of his most important work and though he experienced terrible psychological breakdowns after completing each novel. He was warm with his friends, ingratiating with influential strangers, but also intensely irritable and easily offended. His work is as varied and changeable as his personality, from his first two, emotionally intense Malay novels, to the stolid and confident Nigger of the 2Narcissus3 and 2Typhoon3; from the coldly ironic 2Outpost of Progress3 to the nightmarishly subjective Heart of Darkness; from the leisurely, panoramic visions of Nostromo to the tautly nervous, claustrophobic ironies in The Secret Agent. Despite the extraordinary thematic and tonal range of his work, critics have imposed a stable political perspective on his fiction{u2014}most often an organic conservatism, influenced by his Polish background. This is understandable; until recently, a critic{u2019}s role has been to impose order on an artist{u2019}s creations. The approach in this book is different. Drawing on the work of Michel Foucault and Jean-Francois Lyotard, especially on the latter{u2019}s critique of what he called 2the grand narrative,3 A Political Genealogy of Joseph Conrad shows how Conrad{u2019}s politics were always radically contingent on audience, contemporary events, and, especially, genre. While the political perspective in each of his stories and novels may be more-or-less coherent and consistent, there is no consistency throughout his work. A Political Genealogy of Joseph Conrad is the first book devoted exclusively to Conrad{u2019}s politics since the 1960s. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ruppel, Richard J.
Dewey number
823/.912
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6005.O4
LC item number
Z7914 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Conrad, Joseph
  • Conrad, Joseph
  • Politics and literature
  • Political fiction, English
  • Politics in literature
Label
A political genealogy of Joseph Conrad, Richard Ruppel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Conrad's radically contingent politics -- The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' (1897), Almayer's Folly (1895), and An Outcast of the Islands (1896) -- Lord Jim (1900) -- Heart of Darkness (1899-1900) -- Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard (1904) -- "An Anarchist" (1906), "The Informer" (1906), and The Secret Agent (1907) -- A Personal Record (1912) and Under WEstern Eyes (1911) -- Chance (1912)
Control code
884396966
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vii, 149 pages
Isbn
9780739178249
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014033111
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)884396966
Label
A political genealogy of Joseph Conrad, Richard Ruppel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Conrad's radically contingent politics -- The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' (1897), Almayer's Folly (1895), and An Outcast of the Islands (1896) -- Lord Jim (1900) -- Heart of Darkness (1899-1900) -- Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard (1904) -- "An Anarchist" (1906), "The Informer" (1906), and The Secret Agent (1907) -- A Personal Record (1912) and Under WEstern Eyes (1911) -- Chance (1912)
Control code
884396966
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
vii, 149 pages
Isbn
9780739178249
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014033111
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)884396966

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