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Conrad's Sensational Heroines : Gender and Representation in the Late Fiction of Joseph Conrad

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This volume considers Joseph Conrad’s use of multiple genres, including allusions to sensation fiction, ******, anthropology, and Darwinian science, to respond to Victorian representations of gender in layered and contradictory representations of his own. In his stories and later novels, the familiar writer of sea stories centered on men moves to consider the plight of women and the challenges of renegotiating gender roles in the context of the early twentieth century. Conrad’s rich and conflicted consideration of subjectivity and alienation extends to some of his women characters, and his complex use of genre allows him both to prompt and to subvert readers’ expectations of popular forms, which typically offer recognizable formulas for gender roles. He frames his critique through familiar sensationalized typologies of women that are demonstrated in his fiction: the violent mother, the murderess, the female suicide, the fallen woman, the adulteress, and the traumatic victim. Considering these figures through the roles and the taxonomies that they simultaneously embody and disrupt, this study exposes internalized patriarchal expectations that Conrad presents as both illegitimate and inescapable.

Number of Pages: 173
Genre: Literary Criticism
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Ellen Burton Harrington
Language: English
Street Date: November 8, 2017
TCIN: 53232776
UPC: 9783319632964
Item Number (DPCI): 248-57-4401
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