<i>Chance</i> and the truth of literature

Paul Wake

in Conrad's Marlow

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780719074905
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701256 | DOI:
Chance and the truth of literature

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This chapter focuses on the last Marlow novel, Chance. Through a consideration of the implications of a narratology that has its basis in the double negation of literary language, it argues that rather than rendering literature meaningless, Blanchot's doubling of death generates the possibility of locating meaning in the narrating act itself. Accordingly, the discussion sees a shift of emphasis away from death as impossibility towards a reading of Chance in terms of truth and gender that engages with a number of critical readings that both challenge and exemplify this emphasis on narrative structure over, and as, the content of story.

Keywords: literary language; narratology; Blanchot; double death; Chance; Marlow novel

Chapter.  12121 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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