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Joseph Conrad and the Modern Temper
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Joseph Conrad and the Modern Temper

Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan


A study which relates Conrad’s work to the crisis of modernity in the late 19th century, this book discusses ‘faultlines’ — ambiguities and apparent aesthetic ruptures — in nine of the major novels and novellas. These faultlines are diagnosed as the symptoms of an unresolved tension between Conrad’s temperamental affinity with the Nietzschean outlook and his fierce ideological rejection of its ultimate implications. Presenting Conrad as ‘a modernist at war with modernity’, the book studies the perpetual tug-of-war between the artistic will to meaning and the writer’s susceptibility to the mode ... More

Keywords: Conrad, crisis of modernity, faultlines, ambiguities, aesthetic ruptures, novella, Nietzsche, modernist, will to meaning, modern temper

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198117858
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117858.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan, author
Haifa University