Under Conrad's Eyes: The Novel as Criticism
Under Conrad's Eyes looks at Conrad's 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 Conrad's 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 Conrad's ambivalence towards Carlyle's faith in work and hero-worship as rejuvenators of English culture and his views on Nietzsche's assault on Christianity.
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Something of an Intellectual
1 The Dangers of Carlyles Heroic Work in Heart of Darkness
2 The Despair of Knowing in Bleak House and The Secret Agent
3 The Trouble with Sympathy in Middlemarch and Nostromo
4 Dostoevkys Last Confession in Under Western Eyes
5 Living to Die in Lord Jim
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