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Tracing the Aesthetic Principle in Conrad's Novels

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Levin, Yael. Tracing the Aesthetic Principle in Conrad's Novels. London: Palgrave, 2008. Print.
Tracing the Aesthetic Principle in Conrad's Novels

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"Levin s concept of the otherwise present -the continued and continual oscillation between absence and presence-proves to be immensely productive for the reader of Joseph Conrad s fiction. Her book gripped me from first to last page: it is engagingly but compellingly written, and chock-full of striking, surprising, and ultimately convincing insights into Conrad s texts. Tracing the Aesthetic Principle in Conrad s Novels is an outstanding book that should be read by every serious student of Conrad." -- Jeremy Hawthorn, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

"This is one of the most suggestive and genuinely innovative works of Conrad criticism for some time. Levin develops her concept of the otherwise present through close readings of a range of Conrad s works from Lord Jim to neglected later works such as Suspense. Through attention to the thematics of spectrality - to guilt, shame, desire, hope and their otherwise present projections - and an engagement with some of Conrad s characteristic methods of story-telling, Levin demonstrates the flexibility and the rich hermeneutic and narratological possibilities of the concept both within and beyond Conrad studies. See otherwise, see better. " -- Robert Hampson, Head of the Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London

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