Rhetoric and Ideology in Conrad’s Under Western Eyes
Unlike many modern rhetoricians, though like Cicero and Quintilian, Conrad held a holistic view of the art of writing. He did not separate the author and the work, ethics and style. He believed that ‘all writing worthy of the name is temperamental’;1 and while embracing the Flaubertian ideal that a work of fiction, like poetry, ‘should carry its justification in every line’, defined art itself in ethical terms, ‘as a single-minded attempt to render the highest kind of justice to the visible universe.’2
KeywordsSecret Agent Visible Universe High Kind Political Essay Contestatory Strategy
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