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A Failed Attempt to Come Ashore. Joseph Conrad’s The Sisters

Author(s): Karol Samsel
Subject(s): Sociology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Conrad; The Sisters; The Return; James; Roderick Hudson;Flaubert;
Summary/Abstract: Conrad’s The Sisters is a text with a Janus face. On the one hand, it maybe regarded as a failure in terms of style and composition, a minor mishap rather than a disaster. On the other, this text has suffered from a dearth of interpretations. Indeed, The Sisters seems to have been under-read, and this article is an attempt to amend this state of affairs by looking at this text as a fragment of a fresco hich contains suggestions of an ambitious yet never-realised project of a greater narrative. Following Zdzisław Najder’s clue that Conrad was influenced by the French school of realistic fiction, including Gustave Flaubert, we tend to disregard the potential borrowings in The Sisters from Henry James before 1880. Moreover, we tend to disregard the fact that so many phrases occurring in The Sisters almost as maxims return in The Secret Sharer and Under Western Eyes as organic parts of internal monologues and dialogues.

  • Page Range: 160-170
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish