Joseph Conrad

Voice, Sequence, History, Genre

Edited by Jakob Lothe, Jeremy Hawthorn, and James Phelan

Theory and Interpretation of Narrative


Feb 2008
Literary Criticism/American
281 pp. 6x9

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“The collection features truly first-rate essays and offers a remarkable and productive combination of traditional and experimental approaches. Joseph Conrad: Voice, Sequence, History, Genre promises to provoke a real change in the way narrative theorists engage Conrad, and in the way readers of Conrad engage narrative theory.” —Christopher GoGwilt, professor of English & comparative literature, Fordham University

Joseph Conrad: Voice, Sequence, History, Genre brings together essays by established critics of Conrad and by leading narratologists that explore Conrad’s innovative uses of narrative throughout his career. Collectively, these explorations by Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan, Gail Fincham, Jeremy Hawthorn, Susan Jones, Jakob Lothe, J. Hillis Miller, Zdzislaw Najder, Josiane Paccaud-Huguet, James Phelan, Christophe Robin, Allan H. Simmons, and J. H. Stape amply demonstrate (1) that narrative theory, and especially some of its more recent developments, can help critics generate greater insight into the complexities of Conrad’s work; and (2) that a rigorous engagement with Conradian narrative can lead theorists to a further honing of their analytical tools. More particularly, the volume focuses on the four narrative issues identified in the subtitle, and it analyzes examples of Conrad’s fiction and nonfiction, from early work such as An Outcast of the Islands to his late work of reminiscence, A Personal Record. The volume also provides multiple perspectives on major works such as Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim, a cluster of three essays on Nostromo and history, and an afterword by the editors that looks ahead to future work on the interrelations of Conrad and narrative theory.

Jakob Lothe is professor of English literature in the department of literature, area studies and European languages, University of Oslo. Jeremy Hawthorn is professor of modern British literature, department of modern foreign languages at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. James Phelan is Humanities Distinguished Professor in English at The Ohio State University.