StatusThe thesis was presented on the 17 June, 2009
Approved by NCAA on the 1 October, 2009
Abstract– 0.30 Mb / in romanian
The present study represents an attempt to examine J. Conrad (1857-1924)’s experiment with the narrative technique as a means of rendering his Neoromantic concerns.
Though he was popular and continues to enjoy this status further on, the investigation of J. Conrad’s literary heritage is, thus, far from being exhausted. Hence the topic of the harmonious symbiosis between Neoromanticism and the narrative perspective in the prose of the English writer of Polish origin ranges among the issues which are not actually tackled in the up-to-date Conradian studies.
The research is attractive in this light, because there is no study that would operate an analysis of narrative structures and devices in English Neoromantic prose in general or in that of at least one of its representatives in particular. The difficulty of the undertaken approach is explained by the lack of some basic works about English Neoromanticism, the investigation of this “recurrent trend” being limited very often to general and circumstantial remarks, especially regarding J. Conrad’s writings. In other words, the synthesis in a single study of the opinions about the discussed phenomenon of transition, existing in a scattered form in Eastern (Russian) criticism, became an urgent necessity. The thesis is also valuable from the comparative point of view, the survey of Neoromanticism being carried out by examining its national variants (German, French, Spanish, Romanian, Russian, American) and identifying the similarities and peculiarities characteristic of European, English and American Neoromanticism, the results contributing to the formulation of certain theoretical and practical ideas significant for the Neoromantic doctrine. Other arguments in favour of the dissertation could be the analysis of all J. Conrad’s novels and short stories without exception in order to detect the existence of a connection between the Neoromantic themes and the narrative technique, on the one hand, and the working out of an adequate pattern to explore other writers’ literary activity from the examined point of view, on the other hand.
Generally, the study tends to call the attention of the researchers of Conradian literary production, deepening some views expressed by the theories of Narratology, revealing the writer’s creative genius, underlying the novelty of the narrative structures and devices in Conrad’s prose and launching, undoubtedly, a new interpretation of J. Conrad – the Neoromantic one.
Key-words: Narratology, novel, short story, tale, narrative structure, narrative device, narrative technique, narrative macrostructures, narrative microstructures, time, mode, aspect, narrative pattern, phenomenon of transition, “recurrent trend”, Neoromanticism, insular Neoromanticism, Neoromantic irony, biographical substratum, autobiography, reception theory, Polishness