By Lou Drendel

ISBN-10: 0897470974

ISBN-13: 9780897470971

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Indeed, I believe that there is a place within literary studies for texts that reflect our own varied interests. Special interest has always been an engine that has driven literary studies—as an offspring first of classical study and philology, then of historicism and textual editing, later of New Criticism—and special interest has produced the wonderful revolution in feminist studies, postcolonial studies, and ethnic studies. Where, let us ask, are theory, criticism, and the study of literature going?

He is both creator and seeker, the prophet who would convert others and the agonizing doubter who would convince himself while engaging in introspective self-examination. Even while the writer stands detached, creating characters, we experience his or her urgent effort to create a self. Thus the reader must maintain a double vision. He must apprehend the narrative and the process of creating that narrative. In such diverse works as the Marlow tales, The Rainbow, and To the Lighthouse (1927), the process of writing, of defining the subject, of evaluating character, of searching for truth, becomes part of the novel.

I want to rush into print whereby my sentimentalism, my incorrect attitude to life . . ”4 Just as the eternal truths of Singleton and Allistoun triumph over the “temporary formulas” of Donkin and the crew’s misguided sentimentalism, the fiction writer must 3. Page numbers in parentheses refer to the Kent Edition of Conrad’s works. 4. Letter of March 26, 1897, in Collected Letters, ed. Karl and Davies, 347. Joseph Conrad 21 eschew fashionable aesthetic philosophies:“Realism, Romanticism, Naturalism, even the unofficial Sentimentalism .

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