Postcolonial Conrad: Paradoxes of Empire by Terry CollitsPostcolonial Conrad: Paradoxes of Empire by Terry Collits

Postcolonial Conrad: Paradoxes of Empire

byTerry CollitsEditorTerry Collits

Paperback | October 16, 2006

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Winner of the 2006 NSW Prize for Literary Scholarship.

The work of Joseph Conrad has been read so disparately that it is tempting to talk of many different Conrads. One lasting impression however, is that his colonial novels, which record encounters between Europe and Europe's 'Other', are highly significant for the field of post-colonial studies.

Drawing on many years of research and a rich body of criticism,Postcolonial Conradnot only presents fresh readings of his novels of imperialism, but also maps and analyzes the interpretative tradition they have generated. Terry Collits first examines the reception of the author's work in terms of the history of ideas, literary criticism, traditions of 'Englishness', Marxism and post-colonialism, before re-readingHeart of Darkness,Lord Jim,NostromoandVictoryin greater depth.

Collits' incisive and wide-ranging volume provides a much needed reconsideration of more than a century of criticism, discussing the many different perspectives born of constantly shifting contexts. Most importantly though, the book encourages and equips us for twenty-first criticism, where we must ask anew how we might read and understand these crucial and fascinating novels.

Title:Postcolonial Conrad: Paradoxes of EmpireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:October 16, 2006Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415418607

ISBN - 13:9780415418607

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Table of Contents

Preface  Acknowledgements  Part 1: Introduction: The Conradian Moment  Part 2: Locations  1. Conrad in the History of Ideas  2. Conrad in Literary History  3. Conrad in England  4. Conrad and Marxism  5. Conrad in the Postcolonial World  Part 3: The Great Novels of Imperialism  6. Heart of Darkness  History, Politics, Myth and Tragedy  7. Lord Jim  Popular Culture and the Transmission of the Code  8. Nostromo  The Anti-Heroics and Epic Failures of Empire  9. Victory (1)  Valedictory to the Old Colonial Order  10. Victory (2)  Postcolonial Conrad  Epilogue: Conrad and the New World Order  Bibliography  Index