The Conradian : the Journal of the Joseph Conrad Society (U.K.)

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring

A City That "Disliked to Be Disturbed": London's Soundscape in the Secret Agent
'WHERE IS IT?" asks Aaron Fogel of Conrad's London in The Secret Agent, questioning whether this can be called "the great novel of London" (1985: 155). Martin Ray similarly finds an inexact geography that "does not betray any profound intimacy with the...
"A Heap of Nameless Fragments": Sacrifice, Cannibalism, and Fragmentation in the Secret Agent
"The doctrine (or the theory) of atonement through suffering... is quite simply a sordid abomination." - Conrad to Marguerite Poradowska (CL195)THE ANCIENT RITE of sacrifice, like Proteus, manifests itself in many forms in Modernist literature, revealing...
An Analogous Art: The Secret Agent and John Virtue's London Paintings and Drawings
THOSE LUCKY ENOUGH to have seen the exhibition of John Virtue's London Paintings at The National Gallery in London, 9 March - 5 June 2005,1 and the accompanying exhibition London Drawings at The Courtauld Institute, saw in the twelve huge canvasses (the...
Conrad among the Anarchists: Documents on Martial Bourdin and the Greenwich Bombing
"No doubt a wicked attempt to blow up the Observatory, they say. H'm. That's hardly credible." (59)SUCH WAS THE UBIQUITY of anarchist activities throughout Europe in the nineteenth century's final decades that Conrad, in an effort both to amuse and indeed...
Foreword
IN RESPONSE TO reviews of The Secret Agent in 1907, Conrad fulminated: "I've been so cried up of late as a sort of freak, an amazing bloody foreigner writing in English" (CLZ 488). Foreignness is a hallmark of this novel, from its factual source in the...
Four Notes on the Secret Agent: Sir William Harcourt, Ford and Helen Rossetti, Bourdin's Relations, and a Warning against [Delta]
I. Sir William HarcourtAMONG CRITICS and editors of The Secret Agent, the identification of Sir Ethelred with Sir William Harcourt (1827-1904) amounts to an accepted fact. This rests on Conrad's testimony that he read Robert Anderson's Sidelights on...
Jews and Degenerates in the Secret Agent
Sometimes a phrenologist ... would follow on with a brief phrenological séance, and nothing afforded the comrades more satisfaction than to be informed that their bumps showed undoubted criminal propensities.Meredith, A Girl Among the Anarchists (1903:...
No Escape: Liberation and the Ethics of Self-Governance in the Secret Agent
CRITICS HAVE SOMETIMES represented Conrad as oscillating between a relativism arising from his stress on the subjective creation of meaning, and a desire to affirm the existence of objective truths and values.1 However, instead of constituting a doomed...
Textualizing Liminality in the Secret Agent
MARKED BY FREQUENT geographic transitions and multiple cultural influences, Conrad's experience positions him in the space between cultural collectives. At the heart of this is the anthropological construct of liminality, an experience rich with ambiguity,...
The Anarchist in the House: The Politics of Conrad's the Secret Agent
ANARCHISM, along with several major political ideologies - "conservatism, liberalism and socialism ... in recognizably their modern form" can, according to David Miller, be traced to the aftermath of the French Revolution, although he also acknowledges...
The Female Offender, the New Woman, and Winnie Verloc in the Secret Agent
"Rarely is a woman wicked, but when she is she surpasses the man."Italian proverb quoted in Lombroso's The Female Offender (1895)"Lombroso is an ass."Anarchist Karl Yundt in Conrad's The secret Agent (1907)THE WORK OF Cesare Lombroso in many ways typifies...
The Materialist-Scientific World View in the Secret Agent
FROM THE BEGINNING of The secret Agent we are made aware of the importance of science in Edwardian society. First Secretary Vladimir of the presumably Russian Embassy tells Verloc that he will lose his job if he does not commit a bomb outrage in order...
The Time of Death: "Passing Away" in the Secret Agent
IN COMMON WITH the work of many of the writers associated with literary Modernism, Conrad's fiction demonstrates a real concern with time. In his essay "Conrad's Clocks" David Leon Higdon goes so far as to describe Conrad as "one of our century's great...
Tosca's Kiss: Sardou, Puccini, and the Secret Agent
Questo è il bacio di Tosca!1- Floria Tosca upon stabbing Baron Scarpia, Puccini, Tosca, II.vCONRAD'S KNOWLEDGE and use of opera has been the focus of several discussions, and as Laurence Davies has stated, "Conrad knew enough about nineteenth-century...