The Politics of Russian Stereotypes in Joseph Conrad’s Under Western Eyes
McCutcheon, Kayla S 1991-
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In my project, I focus on analyzing Russian stereotypes in Joseph Conrad’s Under Western Eyes. The novel’s oversimplifications stem from centuries of Western biases, which position Russia as partially civilized and partially barbaric. Such emotionally-charged biases are reinforced by Conrad’s depictions. Although the author professes a neutral stance, his Polish background, childhood, and family politics have influenced his perception of the nation. Serving as an extension of Conrad’s critical position, the English narrator incorporates stereotypes when describing Russian men and women, and such ideas are only complicated by Natalia, whose character also embodies Western traits. My project’s revelations are significant because the novel perpetuates stereotypes that illuminate flawed Western beliefs rather than Russian authenticity.
DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
CommitteeOphir, Ella; Banco, Lindsey
Copyright DateOctober 2017