This important addition to Conrad studies, as well as to the study of narrative, is the first book-length attempt to apply recent developments in critical theory and practice to the whole canon of Conrad's works. Using a broadly structuralist approach, Dr Lothe analyses Conrad's sophisticated narrative method, focusing on his use of devices, functions, variations, and thematic effects or implications. More widely, he explores the relationship
between Conrad's narrative method and the complex thematics engendered and shaped by this method. Discussing the notions of major post-structuralist critics such as Edward W. Said and J. Hillis Miller,
he develops and applies a critical methodology which is flexible enough to respond to the varying interpretative problems presented by Conrad's fiction.
`Lothe's analyses of Conrad's narrative method and thematics use previous criticism extensively ... and carefully. Lothe is a very sensitive reader, even aware of minor bibliographical differences in the various states of given texts. His descriptions of Conrad's narrative schemes are models of clarity ... and his explanations of how information comes to the reader and how this information affects interpretation are carefully grounded on specific
Review of English Studies
"Heart of Darkness" contrasted with "Chance" - narrative success and narrative failure; "An Outpost of Progress" - distanced authorial narrative as textual concentration; "The Secret Sharer" - economical personal narrative; "The Tale" - epistemological uncertainty dramatized through three concentric tales; "The Nigger of the "Narcissus"" - problematic but effective combination of authorial and personal narrative; "Typhoon" - thematically productive narrative simplicity; "The Shadow-Line" - ultimate, intense personal narrative; "Lord Jim" - authorial narrative as diverse, edited personal narration; "Nostromo" - panoramic, all-inclusive authorial narrative; "The Secret Agent" - ironic and disillusioned authorial narrative; "Under Western Eyes" - modulation of simplistic personal narrative through authorial irony.
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 25th April 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.2
Weight (kg): 0.45