In this thesis I perform a close examination of Conrad’s use of pronouns. Before this data is related, a brief overview of Conrad’s linguistic history and the history of his criticism is presented. This overview allows for the data to be placed in the context of his linguistic interference. It also lays out what aspects of Conrad’s language have already been explored. Pronouns are analyzed by word, type, and distance from the referent. The results of this study are then combined with statistical data from previous studies of Conrad’s grammar and linguistics. This combined data is used to explain one aspect of Conrad’s style, the density of his text. Conrad’s grammatical eccentricities force the reader to work harder to construct meaning at the surface level. This mirrors an overarching theme found in many of his works, the discovery or re-creation of a moral self and moral code.

Date of publication

Spring 5-5-2017

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Committee members

Dr. Catherine Ross, Dr. Stephanie Odom, Dr. Carolyn Tilghman


Masters of the Arts