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Joseph Conrad and the Voicing of Textuality

by Claude Maisonnat Maria Curie-Sklodowska University Press
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Joseph Conrad and the Voicing of Textuality offers an original approach to Conrad's work rooted in linguistics and psychoanalytic theory. Claude Maisonnat provides fresh insight into the poetics of textuality by introducing the concept of textual voice, as opposed to the traditional conceptions of authorial voice and narrative voice. Understood as the main vector of poeticity in a text, textual voice is an offshoot of the Lacanian object-voice trimmed to fit a literary context. It enables the reader to uncover deeply concealed motivations and perceive unsuspected connections to the biographical background of the texts. At the same time, it offers new ways of structuring close reading and opens vistas into the mysteries of creation. Maisonnat gives insightful readings of Conrad's best-known and less widely read works while developing a theoretically rich framework to tackle the notions of style and voice in literature.This book is volume 26 of the series Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives, edited by Wieslaw Krajka.

Part I. The Ubiquitous Linguistic Question
Chapter One: The Sailor, the Writer and the Double Edge of Language
Chapter Two: Speaking in Tongues
Chapter Three: Introducing the Textual Voice
Part II. Eastern Dispatches
Chapter One: Narrative Polyphony and Equivocal Translations in Almayer's Folly
Chapter Two: Wording Affectivity in An Outcast of the Islands
Chapter Three: Recovering Lost Voices in Lord Jim
Chapter Four: Displaced Voices in Victory
Part III. Oceano Vox
Chapter One: Aporetic Literary Orality in The Nigger of the "Narcissus"
Chapter Two: The Poetics of the Slippage in "Typhoon"
Chapter Three: The Voice of Secrecy in "The End of the Tether"
Chapter Four: The Ambivalent Confessional Voice in "Youth"
Chapter Five: The Voices of Metafiction in "The Secret Sharer"
Part IV. Through a Voice Darkly
Chapter One: The Threatening Voice of Otherness in "An Outpost of Progress"
Chapter Two: Kurtz' Acherontic Voice in "Heart of Darkness"
Chapter Three: Discrepant Generic Voices in Nostromo
Chapter Four: Translation as Textual Voice in Under Western Eyes
Part V. Speaking for Downtrodden Femininity
Chapter One: The Voice of the Death Drive in "The Idiots"
Chapter Two: Language as Impossible Identification in "Amy Foster"
Chapter Three: The Threat of the Feminine in "A Smile of Fortune"
Chapter Four: The Feminine as Textual Voice in The Secret Agent
Afterword. The Sea and the Voice of Melancholy

Claude Maisonnat is professor emeritus at the Université Lumière Lyon 2. He has published widely on Conrad's works, including a book on Lord Jim.