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Empire and Pilgrimage in Conrad and Joyce$
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Agata Szczeszak-Brewer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035390

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035390.001.0001

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Cosmogony and Colonialism

Cosmogony and Colonialism

Charting Non-Places

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(p.16) (p.17) 1 Cosmogony and Colonialism
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Empire and Pilgrimage in Conrad and Joyce
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Agata Szczeszak-Brewer

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813035390.003.0002

The chapter explores the two phenomena of cosmogony and colonialism and it does this by looking at Conrad's and Joyce's texts. In an attempt to explain the mechanism of political and military supremacy, both Conrad's and Joyce's writings point to an association between the motivating forces behind colonization and the primitive forces of cosmogony. The chapter concludes that in order to scrutinize the connection between ancient cosmogony and modern ethics, there is a need to distinguish and define two fundamental elements of the process of creation: chaos and cosmos.

Keywords:   cosmogony, colonialism, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, political supremacy, military supremacy, colonization, cosmogony, modern ethics, process of creation, chaos, cosmos

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