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Title: History and Representation in the Works of Joseph Conrad
Author: Niland, Richard
ISNI:       0000 0001 1446 1412
Awarding Body: Corpus Christi College Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis examines the representation of time and history in the literature of Joseph Conrad. It explores the importance of nineteenth-century Polish Romantic philosophies of history on Conrad's literary development, arguing that the Polish response to the Hegelian tradition of historiography in nineteenth-century Europe influenced.Conrad's interpretation of history and time. After investigating Conrad's early career in the context of the philosophy of history and the philosophy of time, the thesis analyses Conrad's major works, Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), and Under Western Eyes (1911) in light of Conrad's writing on the subject of Poland.These novels treat the question of the nation and history. Conrad juxtaposes his belief in an inherited Polish national identity, derived from Herder and Rousseau, with a sceptical questioning of modem nationalism. Nostromo presents the creation of the modem nation state of Sulaco; The Secret Agent explores the subject of 'foreigners' and nationality in England; while Under Western Eyes constitutes a sys~ematic attempt to undermine Russian national identity. The importance of the subject of the nation to Conrad's work ensures he is an author who examines critically the forces of nationalism and identity that troubled Europe throughout the nineteenth century and in the period before the First World War.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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