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Preamble

Susan Jones

in Conrad and Women

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184485
eISBN:
9780191674273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184485.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Joseph Conrad is widely recognised as a writer of sea stories with predominantly masculine themes. This book argues that despite this established reputation, Conrad did not neglect women's themes in ... More


Waterways of the Earth

Stephen Clingman

in The Grammar of Identity: Transnational Fiction and the Nature of the Boundary

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199278497
eISBN:
9780191706981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278497.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Perhaps the reason Conrad's Heart of Darkness remains provocative for us is because we are still contained within its horizon. The chapter unlocks this question by considering Conrad in relation to ... More


History and Nation: Nostromo, The Secret Agent, and Under Western Eyes

Richard Niland

in Conrad and History

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199580347
eISBN:
9780191722738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580347.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, European Literature

This chapter focuses on Conrad's major political novels, Nostromo, The Secret Agent, and Under Western Eyes, examining Conrad's politics in the context of nineteenth century philosophies of ... More


Nostromo: Panoramic, All-inclusive Authorial Narrative

Jakob Lothe

in Conrad's Narrative Method

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122555
eISBN:
9780191671463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122555.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, European Literature

The chapter provides a brief commentary on the narrative method of Nostromo by Joseph Conrad. The combination of the commentary's shortness and the novel's complexity unavoidably entails ... More


The Secret Agent: Ironic and Disillusioned Authorial Narrative

Jakob Lothe

in Conrad's Narrative Method

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122555
eISBN:
9780191671463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122555.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, European Literature

This chapter attempts to demonstrate that Joseph Conrad's authorial method in The Secret Agent is a narrative and expressive thematics of its own. The narrative method of The Secret Agent is an ... More


The Idiom of Idiom Neutral

Con Coroneos

in Space, Conrad, and Modernity

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187363
eISBN:
9780191674716
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187363.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, European Literature

This chapter examines the Idiom Neutral in relation to Joseph Conrad's work of fiction Nostromo. It suggests that this novel is a hybrid in which neutrality is the very peculiarity of idiom. The ... More


From Being to Becoming: Writing the Now: Nostromo

Yael Levin

in Joseph Conrad: Slow Modernism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198864370
eISBN:
9780191896538
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198864370.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Nostromo is anchored in historical forces that undermine the notion of human agency: whether it is the power of capitalism and revolution or the inevitability of family inheritance and psychodynamic ... More


Signatures of the Carboniferous The Literary Forms of Coal

Nathan K. Hensley and Philip Steer

in Ecological Form: System and Aesthetics in the Age of Empire

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780823282128
eISBN:
9780823286034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823282128.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This essay revises existing accounts of the Victorian novel by locating it within the coal-powered energy system that increasingly made it possible. Revisiting our most familiar accounts of ... More


Conrad’s Colonial (Non)Community: Nostromo

J. Hillis Miller

in Communities in Fiction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823263103
eISBN:
9780823266579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263103.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Conrad’s Nostromo is his largest, most complex novel. It has the widest cast of characters, all presented in detail. Its origins are complex and contradictory. Nostromo came partly from Conrad’s own ... More


Joseph Conrad: The Visible Universe

Charlotte Jones

in Realism, Form, and Representation in the Edwardian Novel: Synthetic Realism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198857921
eISBN:
9780191890499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198857921.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Joseph Conrad famously declared a desire ‘above all, to make you see’, but he also repeatedly deploys abstract nouns—truth, beauty, the universe—to denote his representational ambitions. Discussing ... More


Joseph Conrad and the Necessity of History in Nostromo

Seamus O’Malley

in Making History New: Modernism and Historical Narrative

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199364237
eISBN:
9780199364251
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199364237.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, European Literature

This chapter argues that the historical novel was crucial to the formation of English modernism. Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo, possibly the founding text in modernist historiography, self-consciously ... More


Fairy Tale Epic

Jed Rasula

in Genre and Extravagance in the Novel: Lower Frequencies

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780192897763
eISBN:
9780191924200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192897763.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Joseph Conrad’s novel Nostromo is the focus of this chapter. Hailed as its author’s most comprehensive effort at historic panorama, epic in scale, Nostromo also (if somewhat surreptitiously) engages ... More


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