Academic journal article Joseph Conrad Today

Conrad at SAMLA 2016

Academic journal article Joseph Conrad Today

Conrad at SAMLA 2016

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Whose Paradise Is It? Bearing the "Spark" of Dystopia/Utopia in Conrad

Jacksonville, FL, 4-6 November 2016

The Joseph Conrad panel at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association in November brought together three papers considering aspects of Dystopia/Utopia in Conrad. This fit the subject of the conference: "Utopia/Dystopia: Whose Paradise Is It?" The conference was held entirely at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront in Jacksonville. Joseph Lease (Wesleyan College) was Chair and additionally gave a paper entitled "Carrying the Fire: Metaphors of Destruction and Hope in the Apocalyptic Visions of Conrad and McCarthy," comparing perspectives on dystopia and utopia in the fiction of both authors and exploring the fluidity and multi-faceted nature of dystopian and utopian elements in Conrad's works, especially Heart of Darkness. David Mulry, who recently published Joseph Conrad Among the Anarchists: Nineteenth Century Terrorism and The Secret Agent (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), added a paper, "The Monstrous Town and the Blood-Red Deluge: Conrad and contemporary Utopian anarchist dreams," in which he discussed anarchism as it plays out in Conrad against the backdrop of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century anarchist fiction generally. …

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