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Joseph Conrad and the Anthropological Dilemma: ‘Bewildered Traveller’

John W. Griffith


This book is a detailed analysis of Conrad’s early fiction, which 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 émigré acute, 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, the book shows how his fiction draws on a prominent anthropological and biological dilemma: he constantly posed the q ... More

Keywords: Joseph Conrad, primitive cultures, Borneo, Malaysia, the Congo, travel, European civilization, conceptual gaps, cultural gaps

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183006
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183006.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John W. Griffith, author
Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, Tennessee