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Tenuous Itineraries

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035390.003.0005
Tenuous Itineraries

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The chapter offers a theoretical overview of different assumptions regarding pilgrimage toward the center and a preliminary discussion on the (im)possibility of arriving at a set objective. Pilgrimage prevalent in Conrad's and Joyce's texts is inextricable from a broader argument concerning power relations in societies affected by inequalities of race, gender, and class. Here individual and collective “pilgrimaging” is regarded as an unaccomplished pursuit of relief from uncertainty, alienation, and subordination.

Keywords: theoretical overview; pilgrimage; Joseph Conrad; James Joyce; race; gender; class; pilgrimaging; uncertainty; alienation; subordination

Chapter.  4098 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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