The Craft of Conrad
Joseph Conrad's story sequences unfold the test of manhood with ironic consequences; his characters oscillate between impulsive desires and elevated moral convictions; his rhetoric proposes certainties, yet uncovers negations, vacillations, and contradictions; and his images bring together, or alternate between, clarity and obscurity. The technique of paradox is prevalent throughout his works, and The Craft of Conrad shows how a master craftsman has integrated, and on occasion failed to integrate, intellectual issue and technical skill in his most distinctive works.
- Hardback | 145 pages
- 154 x 232 x 16mm | 421.84g
- 31 Jan 2011
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Craft of Conrad Chapter 2 Chapter 1: "The Test of Manliness" Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Secondary Characters and Primary Images Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Styles of Insight Chapter 5 Chapter 4: The Social Focus Chapter 6 Chapter 5: The First Novel and the Best Novel Chapter 7 Conclusion: The Imagination of Conrad
Leonard Moss has written a well documented, reader-friendly study of Conrad's literary artistry that will appeal to both seasoned Conradians and those who are new to Conrad. Viewing Conrad's primary concern as the dramatization of the modern individual confronting uncertainty, Moss insightfully analyzes both well known protagonists and secondary characters in Conrad's fiction. The Craft of Conrad offers an astute exploration of the nebulous identity of Conrad's characters in a world where no fixed standards of conduct can stand against the fundamental irrationality of human experience. -- Ted Billy, Saint Mary's College A spirited defense of typology, paradox, and craft as tools of navigating across the broad waters of Conrad's fiction. -- Peter Mallios, University of Maryland
About Leonard Moss
Leonard Moss is emeritus professor of English and comparative literature, SUNY Geneseo.