Conrad's Eastern Vision: A Vain and Floating Appearance

Hardcover | December 15, 2008

byAgnes Swee Kim Yeow

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This book traces the dialogic relation between Conrad's Eastern fiction and other histories and argues that it is precisely in the intersections of art and history that we locate Conrad's irony. The dialogism of Conrad's East resists any finalising meaning and its loophole lies in subjective vision. In a direct response to the visual culture of his times, Conrad sets up his fictional world as a hallucinated mirage even as he stresses the veracity of his own Eastern vision.

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This book traces the dialogic relation between Conrad's Eastern fiction and other histories and argues that it is precisely in the intersections of art and history that we locate Conrad's irony. The dialogism of Conrad's East resists any finalising meaning and its loophole lies in subjective vision. In a direct response to the visual c...

AGNES SWEE KIM YEOW is Head of the Department of English at the University of Malaysia.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.83 × 5.69 × 0.75 inPublished:December 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230545297

ISBN - 13:9780230545298

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements * Abbreviations * Introduction * The Collision of Indistinct Ideas * Patusan and the Malays * The Rest of that Pantai Band * A Vain and Floating Appearance * Regulating that Unique Spectacle * Coda * Notes * Selected Glossary Selected Bibliography * Index