Joseph Conrad and Postcritique

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Joseph Conrad and Postcritique

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Author: Jay Parker


ISBN: 9783030725013

Date: 18th September, 2022


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  2. Literary Studies: General
  3. History and Criticism
  4. Literary Studies: General


This book takes a postcritical perspective on Joseph Conrad's central texts, including Heart of Darkness , The Secret Agent , Under Western Eyes , and Lord Jim . Whereas critique is a form of reading that prioritizes suspicion, unmasking, and demystifying, postcritique ascribes positive value to the knowledge, affect, ethics, and politics that emerge from literature. The essays in this collection recognize the dark elements in Conrad's fiction-deceit, vanity, avarice, lust, cynicism, and cruelty-yet they perceive hopefulness as well. Conrad's skepticism unveils the dark heart of politics, and his critical heritage can feed our fear that humanity is incapable of improving. This Conrad is a well-known figure, but there is another, neglected Conrad that this book aims to bring to light, one who delves into the politics of hope as well as the politics of fear.  Chapters 1 and 2 are available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via

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