Joseph Conrad's The Shadow-Line is often taken for, even dismissed as a simple bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story in which the main character crosses over a shadow line demarcating the difference between adolescence and adulthood. Otherwise the tale is treated as a sort of social vision in which Conrad figuratively elaborates a theory of social progress. This study demonstrates that the social vision and the coming-of-age plot evidenced in The Shadow-Line are essentially of a kind, both articulating a circular movement that approximates Hegel's model of the life of Spirit.
|School:||California State University, Dominguez Hills|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Modern literature, British and Irish literature|
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