One of Us: The Mastery of Joseph Conrad

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University of Chicago Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 211 pages
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The concept of mastery straddles a largely unexamined seam in contemporary thought dividing admirable self-control from a reprehensible will to power. Although Joseph Conrad has traditionally been viewed as an admirable master—master mariner, storyteller, and writer—his reputation has been linked in recent years to the negative masteries of racism, imperialism, and patriarchy.

In this book, Geoffrey Galt Harpham delves not only into Conrad's literary work and reputation but also into the concept of mastery. Outlining a psychology of composition that embraces Conrad's personal as well as historical circumstances, Harpham sheds new light on traditional issues in Conrad criticism, such as his Polish background and his preoccupation with the sea, by linking them to less frequently discussed subjects, including his elusive sexuality and his idiosyncratic relation to the English language.

One of Us represents both a methodological innovation in the practice of literary criticism and an important contribution to our understanding of how masters—and canons based on them—are made.

 

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Contents

To Be a Pole
1
Poland and the Theory of Nations
13
Polonizing the Novel
33
To Go to Sea
71
Rescue
97
Identification at the Mouth of the River
111
Sex at the Beginning of Time
132
To Write in English
137
The Language of Mastery
154
On Greatness
184
Works Cited
197
Index
205
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