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IgnoranceLiterature and Agnoiology$
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Andrew Bennett

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074875

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074875.001.0001

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Joseph Conrad’s blindness

Joseph Conrad’s blindness

(p.132) 6 Joseph Conrad’s blindness

Andrew Bennett

Manchester University Press

This chapter considers the problem of literary ignorance using the perspective of the nature of narrative form. It studies the narrative form of Joseph Conrad's short stories, and suggests that a literary agnoiology would be partly able to account for the problem of Conrad's fiction and its relation to his life. The chapter notes that the inability to see – which is, in this sense, nescience – is natural not only to the thematics of Conrad's ‘short’ fiction and to his life, but also to the process of composition, the nature of short-story writing and to Conrad's poetics of the short and long story.

Keywords:   literary ignorance, narrative form, Joseph Conrad, literary agnoiology, nescience, thematics, short fiction, process of composition, short-story writing, poetics

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