Under Western Eyes: Centennial Essays

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Allan H. Simmons, J.H. Stape, Jeremy Hawthorn
Rodopi, 2011 - 161 Seiten
Characterized by Conrad himself as his “most deeply meditated novel,” Under Western Eyes enjoyed a warm reception on its publication in October 1911. In the century since it has rewarded readers with various pleasures. Exploring the intertwined subjects of personal morality, the nature of the State, national character and identity, and covertly digging into the tensions of his family’s past, the novel is the last of Conrad’s sustained excursions into overtly political territory.
This collection of eleven essays considers Conrad’s achievement from several perspectives. Opening with a provocative essay on the text’s genesis, it surveys intertextual relations and influences, considers its ethical challenges, its psychological appeal to our time, and its contemporary reception and reception in Russia.
Addressed to the scholar of literary Modernism, “Under Western Eyes”: Centennial Essays offers a vivid snapshot of current critical technologies. This well-balanced collection should help the student and classroom teacher alike in pursuing further the novel’s richly layered interests.
 

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The Editorial Challenge
1
Uncanny Intertextuality in Under Western Eyes
23
Echoes of E T A Hoffmanns The Sandman and Dostoevskys The Double
41
Goethe Lermontov and Under Western Eyes
63
The Ethics of Betrayal in Under Western Eyes and Malcolm Lowrys Under the Volcano
79
The Question of Ethics in Under Western Eyes
95
Betrayal by Paternity and Failure of Fraternity in Under Western Eyes
107
Conrad Our Contemporary? The Case of Under Western Eyes
114
Under Western Eyes and The Theatre of the Real
127
The Russian Reception of Under Western Eyes
141
An Explosive Review
157
Contributors
159
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