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Opera, Modernism, and Modernity

Christopher GoGwilt

in The Passage of Literature

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751624
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866199 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751624.003.0002
Opera, Modernism, and Modernity

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Chapter 2 offers a comparative study of the Malay trilogy of novels (Almayer's Folly, An Outcast of the Islands, and The Rescue) with which Conrad began his career and the Buru tetralogy of novels (This Earth of Mankind, Child of All Nations, Footsteps, and House of Glass) that Pramoedya composed in Buru Island prison camp. For each novel sequence, opera presents a revealing problem of narrative consciousness and cultural capital. This problem organizes the chapter's comparative reading of the two novel sequences, drawing from and critiquing, in turn, Edward Said's model of “contrapuntal reading.”

Keywords: Joseph Conrad; Pramoedya Ananta Toer; Said, Edward; opera; contrapuntal reading; An Outcast of the Islands; The Rescue; Buru tetralogy; This Earth of Mankind; Child of All Nations; Footsteps; House of Glass

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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