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Measuring the Sadness

Conrad, Joyce, Woolf and European Epiphany


Birgit Neuhold

Contents: Definition of the epiphanic moment, historical overview – Platonic concepts, conversion, mystical vision – Focus on epiphanic concepts in Conrad, Joyce and Woolf – Key texts Heart of Darkness, Portrait of the Artist and To the Lighthouse – Key concept: modern epiphany – Patch to dress modernist ailments (rift of subject and object, disintegration of the «I», relativity of time etc.) – Momentariness both deficient (transitory) and authentic.