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Conrad and History

Richard Niland


This work examines the philosophy of history and the subject of the nation in the literature of Joseph Conrad. It explores the importance of nineteenth-century Polish Romantic philosophy in Conrad's literary development, arguing that the Polish response to Hegelian traditions of historiography in nineteenth-century Europe influenced Conrad's interpretation of history. After investigating Conrad's early career in the context of the philosophy of history, the book analyses Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), and Under Western Eyes (1911) in light of Conrad's writing about Poland and his su ... More

Keywords: Conrad, Poland, Hegelian, European, historiography, philosophy of history, nation, Herder, romanticism, Napoleon, Great War, nineteenth century, nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199580347
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580347.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Niland, author