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Conrad's Fiction as Critical Discourse - Richard Ambrosini

Conrad's Fiction as Critical Discourse

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Published: 26th July 1991
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Joseph Conrad's comments about the interpretation of his works have until now been dismissed as theoretically unsophisticated, while the critical notions of James, Woolf, and Joyce have come to shape our understanding of the modern novel. Richard Ambrosini's study of Conrad's fiction as critical discourse makes an original claim for the importance of his theoretical ideas as they are formed and tested in the novels themselves. Setting Conrad's comments in this context of transformations in his narrative forms, Ambrosini defines Conrad's view of fiction and the artistic ideal underlying his commitment as a writer in a new and challenging way. Conrad's innovative techniques as a novelist are shown in the continuity of his theoretical enterprise, from the early search for an artistic prose and a personal novel form, to the later dislocations of perspective achieved by manipulation of conventions drawn from popular fiction. This reassessment of Conrad's critical thought offers a new perspective on the transition from the Victorian novel to contemporary fiction.

Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Introduction
The critical discourse: five tropes
Working on language and structure: alternative strategies in The Nigger of the 'Narcissus,' 'Karain' and 'Youth'
The mirror effect in 'Heart of Darkness'
Lord Jim (I): the narrator as interpreter
Lord Jim (II): the narrator as reader
Postscript
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521403498
ISBN-10: 0521403499
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 26th July 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.57