Conrad and Intellectual Movements

Richard Niland, Allan H. Simmons (Editor)

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In The Historical Novel (1937), Georg Lukács wrote that Walter Scott 'had no knowledge of Hegel's philosophy and had he come across it would probably not have understood a word' (Lukács, p. 30). Conversely, Conrad's fiction incorporated a wealth of historical, philosophical, and aesthetic ideas resulting from the writer's overt dialogue with nineteenth-century European thought. The philosophy of Rousseau, Herder, Hegel, the Polish Romantics and Positivists, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Bergson represents the intellectual backdrop to Conrad's explorations of individual and communal identity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJoseph Conrad in Context
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0521887922
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009


  • joseph conrad
  • ideas
  • politics

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