Conradiana

Scholarly journal covering the life and works of British writer Joseph Conrad.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 2, Summer

Beyond the Bildungsroman: Character Development and Communal Legitimation in the Early Fiction of Joseph Conrad
In what sense could "Tuan" Jim be said to have been "one of us"? (Lord passim). Marlow's sudden appearance in the fifth chapter of Lord Jim derails the form of what had previously seemed a conventional novel of disillusionment, and yet is motivated...
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Colonial Encounters and Cultural Contests: Confrontation of Orientalist and Occidentalist Discourses in "Karain: A Memory"
Edward Said defines Orientalism as a discourse of Western power and domination over the Orient. He shows how Europe accumulated knowledge about Eastern peoples and cultures with the "intention to understand, in some cases to control, manipulate even...
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The Power of Suggestion: Conrad, Professor Grasset, and French Medical Occultism
Any investigation of Joseph Conrad and the occult should probably begin with healthy skepticism. One can't imagine Conrad, who had "an instinctive horror of losing [his] sense of full self-possession," behaving like the theosophist W. B. Yeats, who...
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"The Secret Sharer": A Further Note on the Dates of Its Composition
In 1987 Conradiana published an article based on the hardest evidence for dating the inception of "The Secret Sharer," namely, the inscription "Dec 4" on a clutch of the typescript of Under Western Eyes that signals a pause in the writing of the novel,...
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Victory and Romeo and Juliet: Eros and Thanatos
In his extended essay "Joseph Conrad and Shakespeare," Adam Gillon has meticulously traced an impressive array of textual and thematic parallels between Conrad's major works and virtually the whole Shakespearean canon. However, in the hundred or so...
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