Joseph Conrad’s blindness

Andrew Bennett

in Ignorance

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719074875
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702420 | DOI:
Joseph Conrad’s blindness

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This chapter considers the problem of literary ignorance using the perspective of the nature of narrative form. It studies the narrative form of Joseph Conrad's short stories, and suggests that a literary agnoiology would be partly able to account for the problem of Conrad's fiction and its relation to his life. The chapter notes that the inability to see – which is, in this sense, nescience – is natural not only to the thematics of Conrad's ‘short’ fiction and to his life, but also to the process of composition, the nature of short-story writing and to Conrad's poetics of the short and long story.

Keywords: literary ignorance; narrative form; Joseph Conrad; literary agnoiology; nescience; thematics; short fiction; process of composition; short-story writing; poetics

Chapter.  10841 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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