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date: 20 November 2019

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Attending to the question ‘What novel might qualify as the last of the Victorian?’ this essay considers Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent (1911) as a compelling candidate. The novel’s Dickensian streetscapes, its deployment of Victorian fictional subgenres (detective, sensation, and anarchist), and topicality, as well as its ironic narrator at once represent and question the characteristic activities of its predecessor.

Keywords: Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent, Modernism, Irony, Pity, Narrator

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