The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad offers a wide-ranging introduction to the fiction of Joseph Conrad, one of the most influential novelists of the twentieth century. Leading Conrad scholars give an account of Conrad's life, provide detailed readings of his major works, and discuss his narrative techniques, his complex relationship with cultural developments of his time, his influence on later writers and artists, and recent developments in Conrad criticism. The volume, which is aimed at students and the general reader, also contains a chronology and guide to further reading.
"This collection is particularly impressive for shedding new light on its subject while also serving as the finest single introductory volume on Conrad presently available. This volume will become required reading for Conrad scholars; it is certainly the first place I would send students new to Conrad's fiction. (From English Liturature in Transiton 1880-1920 by Brian W Shaffer)
J. H. Stape is Research Fellow at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, London and has taught at universities in England, Canada, France and the Far East. Author of The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad (2007), he has edited several of Conrad's texts and is co-editor of Conrad's collected letters (Volumes 7 and 9). He has also published on E. M. Forster, William Golding, Thomas Hardy, Frank Harris, Angus Wilson and Virginia Woolf.
Notes on contributors; Preface; Chronology of Conrad's life; List of abbreviations; 1. Conrad's life Owen Knowles; 2. The short fiction Gail Fraser; 3. 'Heart of Darkness' Cedric Watts; 4. Lord Jim J. H. Stape; 5. Nostromo Eloise Knapp Hay; 6. The Secret Agent Jacques Berthoud; 7. Under Western Eyes Keith Carabine; 8. The late novels Robert Hampson; 9. Conradian narrative Jakob Lothe; 10. Conrad and imperialism Andrea White; 11. Conrad and Modernism Kenneth Graham; 12. Conrad's influence Gene M. Moore; Further reading; Index.