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Conrad's MarlowNarrative and Death in 'Youth', Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim and Chance$
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Paul Wake

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719074905

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719074905.001.0001

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Epilogue: the sense of an ending

Epilogue: the sense of an ending

(p.128) Epilogue: the sense of an ending
Conrad's Marlow

Paul Wake

Manchester University Press

This chapter returns to the questions with which it began, asking once again, ‘who is Marlow?’ in order to offer a final consideration of his function within Conrad's texts. Figuring Marlow in terms of the liminality that allows him to occupy an ever-shifting position within, and across, the four texts affords the possibility of approaching narrative, for which he might be said to stand, in the same way. Thus an informational sense of literature, which might attempt to somehow fix the meaning of a text, is challenged by a more dynamic sense of narrative as a continuing process of exchange.

Keywords:   Marlow, Conrad's texts, narrative, informal literature

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