janiform

janiform

(ˈdʒeɪnɪˌfɔːm)
adj
having two faces
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And yet, as we follow the course of Watts's argument, we belatedly decode that a mirroring inversion characteristic of janiform interpretation actually ensues and that different contexts--from antiquity to modernity--are actually illuminated by Conrad's text.
Sometimes, he even stretches his janiform approach to ventriloquize Conrad's own possible thoughts on questions of artistic creation, speaking mimetically, that is, in Conrad's own name.
On the other, more personal side, they testify to Watts's affective resonances with what he calls "Conrad's janiform temperament" (47-8), a protean temperament he uses to illuminate the text from the outside-in.
Thus Greek ceramicists and vase painters used to give voice to their belief in the equality of Blacks and Whites in creating janiform kantharoi, two-headed drinking-jugs, representing a white and a black head.
Typically, however, Conrad's fiction eschews this distinction, blurring the boundaries between subjectivity and objectivity in Janiform narratives that simultaneously allow for and make problematic the transmission and understanding of experience.