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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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False Gods of Imperialism in Conrad

False Gods of Imperialism in Conrad

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(p.28) 2 False Gods of Imperialism in Conrad
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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/9780813035390.003.0003

The chapter looks closely at Conrad's texts and tries to analyze the subject of presence of false gods of imperialism prevalent in the texts. Occurrence of false gods in Conrad's writings points toward his awareness about the colonizers proving to be their own enemies. Especially in the situations when cultural pride was fortified by “religious” certainty or by idolatrous attachment to one's own cosmogonic myth allowing disrespect for other cosmogonies.

Keywords:   Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, imperialism, false gods, cultural pride, cosmogonic myth, cosmogonies

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