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Crowds

Douglas Kerr

in Eastern Figures

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099340
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206892 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099340.003.0004
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This chapter discusses the ways in which the East has been imagined in the figure of the crowd, by Western observers whose own difference literally singles them out. It focuses on the figure of Conrad's Lord Jim, whom the author believes to be a rather compromised avatar of that heroic individualism that was one of the ways Western men were visible to themselves in the age of the empire. The author also views Lord Jim as both an example and a radical critique of the figure of the Western individualist and the Eastern crowd defined in relation to each other.

Keywords: crowd; Western observers; Lord Jim; heroic individualism; Western individualist

Chapter.  13095 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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