Joseph Conrad and the Modern Temper by Daphna Erdinast-VulcanJoseph Conrad and the Modern Temper by Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan

Joseph Conrad and the Modern Temper

byDaphna Erdinast-Vulcan

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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A study which relates Conrad's work to the crisis of modernity in the late nineteenth century, this book discusses 'faultlines' - ambiguities and apparent aesthetic ruptures - in nine of the major novels and novellas. These faultlines are diagnosed as the symptoms of an unresolved tensionbetween Conrad's temperamental affinity with the Nietzschean outlook and his fierce ideological rejection of its ultimate implications. Presenting Conrad as 'a modernist at war with modernity', the author studies the perpetual tug-of-war between the artistic will to meaning and the writer's susceptibility to the modern temper, both as a theme and as a structuring principle in his work. The modes of this struggle are defined as the'failure of myth', the 'failure of metaphysics', and the 'failure of textuality'. This continuously forceful and original inquiry draws on the work of Nietzsche, Vaihinger, Bakhtin, Heller, and MacIntyre, amongst others, to present the ethical and epistemological issues which are interwoven withConrad's aesthetics.
Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan is at Haifa University.
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Title:Joseph Conrad and the Modern TemperFormat:HardcoverDimensions:226 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019811785X

ISBN - 13:9780198117858

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'An unmixed moral may be hard to find in a good Conrad story, but Joseph Conrad and the Modern Temper offers a compelling account of his struggles and his failures to provide one.'Gene M. Moore, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Conradian (Volume 18: No. 1), Autumn 1993