The representation of Latin America in the fiction of Joseph Conrad, D.H. Lawrence and Malcolm Lowry

Funge, Benjamin Peter (2013) The representation of Latin America in the fiction of Joseph Conrad, D.H. Lawrence and Malcolm Lowry. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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Abstract

With a language, landscape and culture unfamiliar to the majority of British readers, Latin America is a puzzling and anomalous presence in British modernist fiction. Yet, in the work of Conrad, Lawrence and Lowry it is also a setting that constitues a minor tradition in its own right and one that offers a distorted reflection of the concerns an anxieties back home: from uncertainties over the future of the British Empire to the traumatic recogntion of loss that attended the First and Second World Wars. In addition to these political and historical concerns, the representation of Latin America in British modernist fiction is also entangled with a corresponding crisis of culture. Consistently Latin America offers itself to writers in English as a suitable correlative to concerns which range from disturbing visions of the natural worls to the disorientation that attended the engagement with the culturally unfamiliar along with the uncertainties that were related to the emergence of a truly global economy in which Britain modernist fiction is far from static. As this interest in Latin America matures, there is a progressive movement from the initial sense of doubt (Conrad) along with a contrary sense of desperation (Lawrence) towards a final sense of resignation (Lowry). As such, Latin America can be thought of as a fictional space in the British modernist novel - in the end, more of a fantasy than a reality - that reflects the frightening apprehension of a new world in which British fiction had found a suitable place to come to terms with some of its deepest fears and anxieties.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR6000 1900-1960
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2013 07:57
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2016 09:26
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/47175

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