The work of Joseph Conrad has been read so radically differently at different times that it is tempting to talk of 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 postcolonial studies.
Drawing on many years of research and a rich body of criticism, Postcolonial Conrad not only offers fresh readings of Joseph Conrad's novels of imperialism, but also maps and analyzes the interpretative tradition they have generated. Terry Collits first examines the reception of Conrad's work in terms of the history of ideas, literary criticism, traditions of "Englishness," Marxism and postcolonialism, before re-reading Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Nostromo and Victory in greater depth.
Collits' incisive, wide-ranging volume provides a much needed reconsideration of more than a century of criticism, discussing the many different perspectives born of constant.