Conrad and Women

Hardcover | June 15, 2000

bySusan Jones

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Supported by an enduring critical paradigm, the traditional account of Conrads career privileges his public image as man of the sea, addressing himself to a male audience and male concerns. This book challenges received assumptions by recovering Conrad's relationship to women not only in hislife but in his fiction and among his readers. The existing interplay of criticism, biography, and marketing has contributed to a masculinist image associated with a narrow body of modernist texts. Instead, Susan Jones reinstates the female influences arising from his early Polish life and culture;his friendship with the French writer Marguerite Poradowska; his engagement with popular women's writing; and his experimentation with visuality as his later works appear in the visual contexts of womens pages of popular journals. By foregrounding less familiar novels such as Chance (1913) and theneglected Suspense (unfinished and published posthumously, 1925), she emphasises the range and continuity of Conrad's concerns, showing that his later discussions of gender and genre often originate in the period of the great sea tales. Conrad also emerges as an acute reader and critic of popularforms, while his unexpected entry into important contemporary debates about female identity invites us to rethink the nature of his contribution to modernism.

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Supported by an enduring critical paradigm, the traditional account of Conrads career privileges his public image as man of the sea, addressing himself to a male audience and male concerns. This book challenges received assumptions by recovering Conrad's relationship to women not only in hislife but in his fiction and among his readers...

Susan Jones is at St Hilda's College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:June 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198184484

ISBN - 13:9780198184485

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Editorial NoteIntroduction1. Conrad, Women, and the Critics2. Woman as Hero: Conrad and the Polish Romantic Tradition3. Conrad and Marguerite Poradowska4. Chance: 'a fine adventure'5. The Three Texts of Chance6. Marketing for Women Readers7. Visuality and Gender in Late Conrad8. Suspense and the Novel of SensationConclusionBibliographyIndex

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`Jones's is the most convincing attempt at redemption of Conrad's final phase in recent Conradian criticism. Chapter 5 appears to me to be a very useful contribution to Conrad scholarship, as it considers the text of Chance form manuscript, to serial, to volume.'Marialuisa Bignami, MLR, 96.I, 2001