Woman as Hero: Conrad and the Polish Romantic Tradition
This chapter explores the female influence during his early years in Poland, and illuminates the role played by female protagonists in Conrad's fiction by considering them in the context of the status and image of women in Polish romantic literature and culture. Conrad's relationship to his mother, Ewa Korzeniowska, along with the evidence of his early experiences and reading, shows that his childhood recollections, both personal and literary, offered a fundamental source for his later presentation of women in Polish fiction.
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