Joseph Conrad and the Reader: Questioning Modern Theories of by A. Acheraïou

By A. Acheraïou

Joseph Conrad and the Reader is the 1st e-book absolutely dedicated to Conrad's relation to the reader, visible idea and authorship. This tough research proposes new techniques to trendy literary feedback and deftly examines the bounds of deconstructionist theories, introducing groundbreaking new theoretical options of analyzing and reception.

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In Orzeszkowa’s logic, Conrad had both betrayed his tongue and failed to write responsibly, that is propagandistically, in the manner of nineteenth-century Polish Romantic poets and those following in their footsteps. Above all, he had failed to show solidarity with Poland’s destiny, in contrast to his father Apollo Korzeniowski, Mickievicz, Słovacki, and all the Polish patriots who sacrificed their lives for their country. But Conrad was no Mickievicz or Słovacki. He made it clear from the start that his exile was not Messianic.

Following the way trodden by this organic perception of poetics, he linked language and national spirit, idiom and territoriality, self and collectivity. Given the conflation of the linguistic and ideological spheres, it is no surprise that Conrad – who was untrammelled by the nationalist spirit animating such exiles as Mickiewicz and Słowacki – should be accused of betrayal by Lutosławski and other Polish intellectuals at the turn of the century. The Polish writer Orzeszkowa also virulently attacked Conrad.

Nationalists like Lutosławski and Orzeszkowa had a clearly Messianic conception of literature and identity that excluded differentiating practices. Because they perceived literature and national consciousness as enmeshed, any deviation from this sacrosanct alliance would be likely to lead to cultural alienation, moral decay, and communal disintegration. Implicit in Orzeszkowa’s observation, thus, is the idea that Conrad, in groping his way to acceptance and literary fame abroad, had become ‘a lost soul’,6 to use Conrad’s own words.

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