RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 52472776 LA English UL http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511485107 T1 Conrad, language, and narrative A1 Greaney, Michael., PB Cambridge University Press PP Cambridge, U.K.; New York YR 2002 SN 0511018452 9780511018459 0511119879 9780511119873 9780521807548 0521807549 9780511485107 0511485107 AB "In this re-evaluation of the writings of Joseph Conrad, Michael Greaney places language and narrative at the heart of his literary achievement. A trilingual Polish expatriate, Conrad brought a formidable linguistic self-consciousness to the English novel; tensions between speech and writing are the defining obsessions of his career. He sought very early on to develop a 'writing of the voice' based on oral or communal modes of storytelling. Greaney argues that the 'yarns' of his nautical raconteur Marlow are the most challenging expression of this voice-centred aesthetic. But Conrad's suspicion that words are fundamentally untrustworthy is present in everything he wrote. The political novels of his middle period represent a breakthrough from traditional storytelling into the writerly aesthetic of high modernism. Greaney offers an examination of a wide range of Conrad's work which combines recent critical approaches to language in post-structuralism with an impressive command of linguistic theory."--Jacket.