The motif of the water journey as a metaphor for philosophical enquiry in selected novels of Herman Melville and Joseph Conrad

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dc.contributor.author Rossouw, Leon Armand
dc.date.accessioned 2007-03-01T11:27:38Z
dc.date.available 2007-03-01T11:27:38Z
dc.date.issued 2007-03-01T11:27:38Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/2174
dc.description Student Number : 7639580 - MA research report - Faculty of Humanities en
dc.description.abstract This research report explores the motif of the water journey as a metaphor for philosophical enquiry in Melville and Conrad by comparing Moby-Dick with Heart of Darkness, and Billy Budd, Sailor with Lord Jim. It takes as its starting-point M.H. Abrams’s essay, “Spiritual Travelers in Western Literature”, and adapts the typology which he introduces by identifying four different kinds of fictional journey, namely, the physical, the experiential, the narrative and the hermeneutic. By concentrating on a broadly-based semiotic approach to interpretation (while also allowing for other critical possibilities), it examines Melville and Conrad’s treatment of certain pivotal issues in metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. It compares the narrative strategies of the two authors and, by offering close readings of the four texts under discussion, it highlights the similarities and differences in the authors’ responses to a universe of teasing complexity, as well as exploring the reader’s engagement with such texts. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Barthes en
dc.subject Billy Budd en
dc.subject Sailor en
dc.subject Conrad en
dc.subject Derrida en
dc.subject epistemology en
dc.subject ethics en
dc.subject Heart of Darkness en
dc.subject hermeneutics en
dc.subject journey en
dc.subject judgement en
dc.subject Lord Jim en
dc.subject maritime novel en
dc.subject Melville en
dc.subject metaphysics en
dc.subject Moby-Dick en
dc.subject narratology en
dc.subject semiotics en
dc.title The motif of the water journey as a metaphor for philosophical enquiry in selected novels of Herman Melville and Joseph Conrad en
dc.type Thesis en


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