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Space, Conrad, and Modernity
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Space, Conrad, and Modernity

Con Coroneos

Abstract

Recent literary and cultural criticism has taken a spatial turn. This book locates this development within the opposition between a space of things and a space of words, tracing various aspects of its emergence from the geopolitical idea of ‘closed space’ which developed in the early 20th century to the influence of Saussurean linguistics in contemporary criticism and theory. The focus of the study is the work of Joseph Conrad, in whom the opposition between a space of words and a space of things is strikingly figured. Part I deals with several versions of closed space to raise questions about ... More

Keywords: Joseph Conrad, Saussurean linguistics, geography and language, modernism, spy fiction, spiritualist movement, artificial languages, solar energy, history of laughter, John Buchan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198187363
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187363.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Con Coroneos, author
St John's College, Cambridge