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Books: Stylistics

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  1. Joyce Reid, Stylistics: Conrad, Language, and Narrative by Michael Greaney

Message 1: Stylistics: Conrad, Language, and Narrative by Michael Greaney

Date: 16 Jan 2002 15:49:39 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Stylistics: Conrad, Language, and Narrative by Michael Greaney

Conrad, Language, and Narrative

Michael Greaney, University of Lancaster, UK

In this re-evaluation of the writings of Joseph Conrad, Michael
Greaney places language and narrative at the heart of his literary
achievement. As a trilingual Polish expatriate, Conrad brought a
formidable linguistic self-consciousness to the English novel and
tensions between speech and writing are the defining obsessions of his
career. Greaney examines a wide range of Conrad's work, combining
recent critical approaches to language in post-structuralism with an
impressive command of linguistic theory.


Part I. Speech communities: 
1. 'The realm of living speech': Conrad and oral community; 
2. 'Murder by language': 'Falk' and Victory; 
3. 'Drawing-room voices': language and space in The Arrow of Gold; 

Part II. Marlow: 
4. Modernist storytelling; 'Youth' and 'Heart of Darkness'; 
5. The scandals of Lord Jim; 
6. The gender of Chance; 

Part III. Political communities: 
7. Nostromo and anecdotal history; 
8. Linguistic dystopia: The Secret Agent; 
9. 'Gossip, tales, suspicions': Language and paranoia in Under Western Eyes; 

2001/204 pp.
0-521-80754-9/Hb/List: $55.00

Cambridge University Press
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