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|Named Person:||Joseph Conrad; Joseph Conrad; Joseph Conrad; Joseph Conrad|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
John W Griffith
|Notes:||Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Oxford University.|
|Description:||viii, 248 p. ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||Introduction: 'Bewildered Traveller': The Anthropological Dilemma in Joseph Conrad's Fiction --
1. Transcultural Identification: The Anthropological Dilemma in Heart of Darkness and Victorian Anthropology --
2. Cultural Immersion and Culture Shock in Conrad's Fiction --
3. 'Pioneers of Trade and Progress': Conrad's Civilization and its Discontents --
4. The Rise and Fall of Empires: Heart of Darkness and Historical Cycles in the Victorian Era --
5. 'Going Native', Coming Home: 'Decivilization' in Heart of Darkness and Conrad's Malaysian Novels --
6. Nordau's Degeneration and Lombroso's Atavism in Heart of Darkness and 'Falk' --
7. Anthropology's Impact on Evolution and Ethics in the Victorian Era --
8. Tribes and Detribalization: Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft.
|Series Title:||Oxford English monographs.|
|Responsibility:||John W. Griffith.|
Conrad's early fiction originated as a response to his travels in so-called primitive cultures: Malaysia, Borneo, and the Congo. As a sensitive observer of other peoples and a notable emigre, he was profoundly aware of the psychological impact of travel, and much of his early fiction portrays both literal and figurative voyages of Europeans into other cultures. By situating Conrad's work in relation to other writings on 'primitive' peoples, John Griffith shows how his fiction draws on prominent anthropological and biological theories regarding the degenerative potential of contacts between European and other cultures. At the same time, however, Conrad's work reflected an anthropological dilemma: he constantly posed the question of how to bridge conceptual and cultural gaps between various peoples. As John Griffith demonstrates, this was a dilemma which coincided with a larger Victorian debate regarding the progression or retrogression of European civilization.
- Conrad, Joseph, -- 1857-1924 -- Knowledge -- Anthropology.
- Travel in literature.
- Primitive societies in literature.
- Anthropology in literature.
- Ethnology in literature.
- Culture in literature.
- English fiction
- Interculturele vergelijking.
- Heart of darkness (Conrad)
- Culturele antropologie.
- Conrad, Joseph.
- Conrad, Joseph -- (1857-1924) -- Et l'ethnologie.
- Voyage -- Dans la littérature.
- Primitivisme -- Dans la littérature.
- Anthropologie -- Dans la littérature.
- Ethnologie -- Dans la littérature.
- Culture -- Dans la littérature.
- Conrad, Joseph, -- 1857-1924.