False Gods of Imperialism in Conrad

Agata Szczeszak-Brewer

in Empire and Pilgrimage in Conrad and Joyce

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780813035390
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038933 | DOI:
False Gods of Imperialism in Conrad

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The chapter looks closely at Conrad's texts and tries to analyze the subject of presence of false gods of imperialism prevalent in the texts. Occurrence of false gods in Conrad's writings points toward his awareness about the colonizers proving to be their own enemies. Especially in the situations when cultural pride was fortified by “religious” certainty or by idolatrous attachment to one's own cosmogonic myth allowing disrespect for other cosmogonies.

Keywords: Joseph Conrad; James Joyce; imperialism; false gods; cultural pride; cosmogonic myth; cosmogonies

Chapter.  10003 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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