Date of Award

Summer 6-14-2023

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

School

Humanities

Committee Chair

Joshua Bernstein

Committee Chair School

Humanities

Committee Member 2

Ery Shin

Committee Member 2 School

Humanities

Committee Member 3

Charles Sumner

Committee Member 3 School

Humanities

Committee Member 4

Alexandra Valint

Committee Member 4 School

Humanities

Abstract

This project analyzes Conrad’s use of description in his narratives in light of the 1897 Preface to ‘Narcissus.’ Conrad’s elevation of description stands in contrast to Gérard Genette’s account of narrative theory but within the space Mieke Bal makes for the reconsideration of description within the theory. Narrative theory provides the terminology for specific narrative moments in which Conradian description can be analyzed—the narrative opening, the narrative pause, and various narrative levels. In addition to analyzing Conradian works, the project traces the evolution of Conrad’s thinking about description throughout the course of his career and invites the reader to rethink the role of description more generally in narratives, thereby asking how and why we relate to works like Conrad’s and how we absorb them as readers.

ORCID ID

0009-0009-5414-8194

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