The Polish Heritage Society
2013 - PHS Conrad Winner : Malgorzata Stanek
Caught in the Process of Remembering: "Amy Foster" and "Prince Roman" as narratives negotiating identity.
The idea for this paper resulted from a problem posited to the students of my module, namely that the process of remembering is a double-edged sword and at once a kind of a trap. For Conrad himself remembering the past he had left behind provided both a source of inspiration and, as many critics came to argue, an expression of guilt. Remembering transferred to broader contexts may capture an entire nation focused on the wrongdoings experienced rather than wrongdoings committed, especially in situations where the former connects strongly with a consoling moral imperative and authority. However, there is perhaps not a more ambiguous figure than that of the victim...
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