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Conrad, language, and narrative

Author: Michael Greaney
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
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"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
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Greaney, Michael.
Conrad, language, and narrative.
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002
(DLC) 2001035601
(OCoLC)46951506
Named Person: Joseph Conrad; Joseph Conrad; Joseph Conrad; Joseph Conrad; Joseph Conrad; Joseph Conrad; Joseph Conrad
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Greaney
ISBN: 0511018452 9780511018459 0511119879 9780511119873 9780521807548 0521807549 9780511485107 0511485107
OCLC Number: 52472776
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 194 pages)
Contents: pt. I. Speech Communities. 1. 'The realm of living speech': Conrad and oral community. 2. 'Murder by language': 'Falk' and Victory. 3. 'Drawing-room voices': language and space in The Arrow of Gold --
pt. II. Marlow. 4. Modernist storytelling: 'Youth' and 'Heart of Darkness'. 5. The scandals of Lord Jim. 6. The gender of Chance --
pt. III. Political Communities. 7. Nostromo and anecdotal history. 8. Linguistic dystopia: The Secret Agent. 9. 'Gossip tales, suspicions': language and paranoia in Under Western Eyes.
Responsibility: Michael Greaney.
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"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.

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