L’Époque Conradienne, n° 39 : The Unexpected in Joseph Conrad’s Fiction
Sous la direction de Nathalie Martinière.
Presses Universitaires de Limoges, 2015.
Présentation de l'éditeur :
“It is always the unexpected that happens”, Marlow muses in Lord Jim. In Conrad’s texts, the unexpected is at least disruptive, often traumatic. A trivial object, an insignificant event or character crops up, and the course of reality is undone. The symbolic order is shaken at its roots, the truth is glimpsed. One occurence of the unexpected won’t make the protagonist wiser, however, there is no ready-made answer. How does Conrad’s fiction deal with the contingent, the traumatic ? If we follow Giorgio Agamben’s argument that the contemporary writer always takes us by surprise, how does Conrad remain our contemporary in this respect ?
This volume contains papers presented during the 12th ESSE Conference in Kosice, Slovakia (29 August-2 September 2014) and on presented during the Roma Tre Conference (July 2013).
- Shame, the Contingent and the Traumatic in “Falk”
- The Ultimate Measure of a Man in Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Conrad’s “The Warrior’s Soul”
- “It shouldn’t have been like that…” Between the Reasons and the Results : Unexpected Consequences of Protagonists’ Concious Choices in Conrad’s Fiction
- Exploring the Unexpected with Marlow in Lord Jim
- Catastrophe, Catharsis, Catalysis in Lord Jim
- The Unexpected as Magic in “Karain : A Memory”
- Hearing and seeing Cosas de Costaguana : Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo