One of Us

The Mastery of Joseph Conrad

Geoffrey Galt Harpham

One of Us
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Geoffrey Galt Harpham

226 pages | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 | © 1997
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226316963 Published February 1997
The concept of mastery straddles a largely unexamined seam in contemporary thought dividing admirable self-control from a reprehensible will to power. Although Joseph Conrad has traditionally been viewed as an admirable master—master mariner, storyteller, and writer—his reputation has been linked in recent years to the negative masteries of racism, imperialism, and patriarchy.

In this book, Geoffrey Galt Harpham delves not only into Conrad's literary work and reputation but also into the concept of mastery. Outlining a psychology of composition that embraces Conrad's personal as well as historical circumstances, Harpham sheds new light on traditional issues in Conrad criticism, such as his Polish background and his preoccupation with the sea, by linking them to less frequently discussed subjects, including his elusive sexuality and his idiosyncratic relation to the English language.

One of Us represents both a methodological innovation in the practice of literary criticism and an important contribution to our understanding of how masters—and canons based on them—are made.

Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
1. To Be a Pole
The Nation in Coffins
Poland and the Theory of Nations
Polonizing the Novel
2. To Go to Sea
An Unrelated Existence; or, The Law of the Sea
Rescue
Identification at the Mouth of the River
Sex at the Beginning of Time
3. To Write in English
English as a Seventh Language
The Language of Mastery
On Greatness
Works Cited
Index
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