Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Space, Conrad, and Modernity (Hardback)
  • Space, Conrad, and Modernity (Hardback)
zoom

Space, Conrad, and Modernity (Hardback)

(author)
£130.00
Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 07/02/2002
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Recent literary and cultural criticism has taken a spatial turn. Nowadays, to speak is to speak from, to, or in; to know something is to have 'mapped' its discursive operation. This book locates this development within the opposition between a space of things and a space of words, tracing various aspects of its emergence from the geopolitical idea of 'closed space' which developed in the early twentieth century to the influence of Saussurean linguistics in contemporary criticism and theory. The focus of the study is the work of Joseph Conrad, in whom the opposition between a space of words and a space of things is strikingly figured. Part I deals with several versions of closed space, using an ancient spatial paradox of God (as the sphere of which the centre is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere) to raise questions about the relations between geography, language, and interpretation. Part II deals with the agitation around finitude and the limit, and the desperate attempt to discover in the resources of language a means of liberation. Through these ideas the book explores some of the more disreputable, marginal, or unglimpsed elements in modernism - including the rise of spy fiction, anarchist geography, the spiritualist movement, the invention of artificial languages, the history of laughter, and solar energy. Among the figures drawn into dialogue with Conrad are John Buchan, Woolf, Joyce, Peter Kropotkin, Rene de Saussure (brother of the famous Ferdinand), Henri Bergson, the filmmakers George Melies and Carol Reed and, in particular, Michel Foucault - this 'nouvelle cartographe' as Gilles Deleuze described him - whose anxious negotiation with spatial ideas touches the book's deepest understanding.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198187363
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 224 x 145 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
What distinguishes Con Coroneos's Space, Conrad, and Modernity is panache, that incomparable blend of wit and chutzpah.... A series of brilliant intellectual riffs that soar like jazz solos, proceeding by association rather than logic, from John Buchan to Orson Welles, from seances to semiotics.... The book appeals to the reader who looks to criticism for a serious yet playful engagement with ideas. For this idea-laden, theory-laced work of literary criticism is above all a good read. That this description is not an oxymoron suggests that Coroneos's book is a rare and notable achievement. * English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 *

You may also be interested in...

Wide Sargasso Sea
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
On Writing
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Under the Greenwood Tree
Added to basket
Darkness Visible
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
A Child's Christmas in Wales
Added to basket
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Added to basket
Ulysses
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
News from Nowhere and Other Writings
Added to basket
Walden
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Behind the Mask
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Nicholas Nickleby
Added to basket
Going Solo
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Jane Austen
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Dream Story
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Slipstream
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.