Academic journal article Joseph Conrad Today

Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives

Academic journal article Joseph Conrad Today

Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives

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The series Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives is published by East European Monographs/Social Science Monographs, Boulder (USA) and Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin (Poland) and distributed by Columbia University Press, New York. Professor Wieslaw Krajka from Maria CurieSklodowska University is its editor.

The series publishes (in English) studies and essays on various aspects of Joseph Conrad's literary output and matters related thereto. They focus primarily on (1) Polish and East-Central European elements and contexts of Joseph Conrad's oeuvre; (2) worldwide, international perspectives upon them. It has become the principal publisher of select papers from most prestigious international Conrad conferences.

Conrad: Eastern and Western Perspectives brings considerations of new issues in Conrad studies and reexaminations of old ones in illuminating and original presentations. They represent a broad scope of diverse critical approaches, intellectual traditions and cultural backgrounds. Some essays are rooted in Western literary theory and Conrad scholarship, whereas others introduce fresh theoretical-interpretative visions or approach Conrad's oeuvre from remote intellectual positions, broadening possibilities of interpretation. The series hopes to mark crossings of the shadow-lines beyond which Conrad criticism grows to maturity and opens ways to further insights.

The twenty volumes of the series comprise contributions by 192 established and emerging Conrad scholars from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.

Volume I: Carabine, Keith, Owen Knowles, and Wieslaw Krajka, eds. Conrad's Literary Career. Boulder: East European Monographs; Lublin: Maria Curie-Sklodowska University; distributed by Columbia UP, New York, 1992, pp. iv, 278.

The volume contains sixteen articles on various aspects of Joseph Conrad's literary technique (impressionism, discursive deception, epistemological and ontological scepticism, metafictionality, the creative process, various narrative techniques and their functions, as well as on colloquialisms, musical motifs, ethical values, racism and imperialism, film adaptation and other issues). They examine both single major works by Conrad (from Almayer's Folly to Last Essays) and his entire literary output. The book's thematic diversity is matched by its critical diversity.

The editors are professors of English literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury (Keith Carabine), the University of Hull (Owen Knowles) and Maria CurieSklodowska University Lublin (Wieslaw Krajka).

Volume II: Carabine, Keith, Owen Knowles, and Wieslaw Krajka, eds. Contexts for Conrad Boulder: East European Monographs; Lublin: Maria CurieSklodowska University; distributed by Columbia UP, New York, 1993, pp. iv, 285.

The book comprises fifteen articles divided into three sections: (1) "Conrad and Things Polish" (his Polish life, reception, relation to Polish literature and culture, his conception of East and West); (2) "Gender" (men-women intra- and inter-racial relationships within structures of imperialism, Marlow's misogyny); (3) "Cultural Contexts" (the use of popular exotic literary tradition, expatriai allusions, mystifications of the frontier, economic power and imperialism, the conservative-anarchist language of political discourse, moral disintegration and crisis of culture in Conrad and Mann).

The editors are professors of English literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury (Keith Carabine), the University of Hull (Owen Knowles) and Maria CurieSklodowska University Lublin (Wieslaw Krajka).

Volume III: Morzinski, Mary. Linguistic Influence of Polish on Joseph Conrad's Style. Boulder: East European Monographs; Lublin: Maria Curie-Sklodowska University; distributed by Columbia UP, New York, 1994, pp. …

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