Joseph Conrad and the Adventure Tradition by Andrea WhiteJoseph Conrad and the Adventure Tradition by Andrea White

Joseph Conrad and the Adventure Tradition

byAndrea White

Paperback | April 24, 2008

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Nineteenth-century adventure fiction relating to the British empire served to promote, celebrate, and justify the imperial project, asserting the essential and privileging difference between "us" and "them," colonizer and colonized. Andrea White's study examines popular travel literature in relation to later adventure stories, and sets the fiction of Joseph Conrad in this context, showing how Conrad demythologized the imperial subject constructed in earlier writing. She argues that the very complexity of Conrad's work provided an alternative, more critical means of evaluating the experience of empire.
Title:Joseph Conrad and the Adventure TraditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:April 24, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521060761

ISBN - 13:9780521060769

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Constructing the imperial subject: nineteenth-century travel writing; 2. Adventure fiction: a special case; 3. Them and us: a useful and appealing fiction; 4. The shift toward subversion: the case of Rider Haggard; 5. Travel writing and adventure fiction as shaping discourses for Conrad; 6. Almayer's Folly; 7. An Outcast of the Islands; 8. The African fictions: (I) - An Outpost of Progress; 9. The African fictions: (II) - Heart of Darkness.

Editorial Reviews

"All in all, White's study is clearly written, modestly argued, and genuinely helpful in giving substance to generalizations often made about Conrad's fiction." David Leon Higon, English Literature in Transition