History, Cognition and Nostromo: Conrad’s Explorations of Torture, Trauma, and the Human Rage for Order
Focusing on Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo, this essay historicizes the treatment of what we now call post-traumatic stress disorder, demonstrating how Conrad anticipated our current understanding and treatment of the illness. The second part of the essay addresses Nostromo’s treatment of historiography. Part three is concerned with epistemology and the relationship between neurological discoveries concerning the gap between perception and consciousness, relating those discoveries to Conrad’s use of delayed decoding.
Ruppel, Richard J. "History, Cognition and Nostromo: Conrad’s Explorations of Torture, Trauma, and the Human Rage for Order." MFS Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 68 no. 4, 2022, p. 749-770. https://doi.org/10.1353/mfs.2022.0050
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