Under Conrad's Eyes: The Novel as Criticism

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Apr 1, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 272 pages
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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Contents

Something of an Intellectual
3
1 The Dangers of Carlyles Heroic Work in Heart of Darkness
33
2 The Despair of Knowing in Bleak House and The Secret Agent
66
3 The Trouble with Sympathy in Middlemarch and Nostromo
96
4 Dostoevkys Last Confession in Under Western Eyes
132
5 Living to Die in Lord Jim
163
6 Conrad versus Nietzsche versus Christ
192
Future Work
224
Works Cited
233
Index
245
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Michael John DiSanto is assistant professor of English, Algoma University.

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