The Resource Joseph Conrad and the anxiety of knowledge, William Freedman

Joseph Conrad and the anxiety of knowledge, William Freedman

Label
Joseph Conrad and the anxiety of knowledge
Title
Joseph Conrad and the anxiety of knowledge
Statement of responsibility
William Freedman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Few if any writers in the English language have been cited, praised, chided or marveled at more routinely than Joseph Conrad for the perplexing evasiveness, contradictoriness, and indeterminacy of their fiction. William Freedman argues that the explanations typically offered for these identifying characteristics of much of Conrad{u2019}s work are inadequate if not mistaken. Freedman{u2019}s claim is that the illusiveness of a coherent interpretation of Conrad{u2019}s novels and shorter fictions is owed not primarily to the inherent slipperiness or inadequacy of language or the consequence of a willful self-deconstruction. Nor is it a product of the writer's philosophical nihilism or a realized aesthetic of suggestive vagueness. Rather, Freedman argues that the perplexing elusiveness of Conrad{u2019}s fiction is the consequence of a pervasive ambivalence toward threatening knowledge, a protective reluctance and recoil that are not only inscribed in Conrad{u2019}s tales and novels, but repeatedly declared, defended, and explained in his letters and essays.Conrad{u2019}s narrators and protagonists often set out on an apparent quest for hidden knowledge or are drawn into one. But repelled or intimidated by the looming consequences of their own curiosity and fervor, they protectively obscure what they have barely glimpsed or else retreat to an armory of practiced distractions. The result is a confusingly choreographed dance of approach and withdrawal, fascination and revulsion, revelation and concealment. The riddling contradictions of these fictions are thus in large measure the result of this ambivalence, their evasiveness the mark of intimidation's triumph over fascination.The idea of dangerous and forbidden knowledge is at least as old as Genesis, and Freedman provides a background for Conrad{u2019}s recoil from full exposure in the rich admonitory history of such knowledge in theology, myth, philosophy, and literature. He traces Conrad's impassioned, at times pleading case for protective avoidance  in the writer's letters, essays and prefaces, and elucidates its enactment and its connection to Conrad's signature evasiveness in a number of short stories and novels, with special attention to The Secret Agent, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Under Western Eyes and The Rescue
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
823/.912
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6005.O4
LC item number
Z7235 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Joseph Conrad and the anxiety of knowledge, William Freedman
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Ambivalent fabulist, indeterminate fables -- Forbidden knowledge and the saving illusion -- The lie of fiction: Heart of darkness -- The soft spot: Lord Jim -- A more dangerous revolution: Under western eyes -- Drowning in the romance of the shallows: The rescue -- Appendix: Woman and truth, the history of an association
Control code
ocn876592862
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781306576765
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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588927
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not applicable
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.b32061456
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)876592862
  • pebcs1306576768

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