The Secret Sharer (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series) / Edition 1by Joseph Conrad
Pub. Date: 03/28/1997
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
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Adopted at more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Bedford/St. Martin's innovative Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series has introduced more than a quarter of a million students to literary theory and earned enthusiastic praise nationwide. Along with an authoritative text of a major literary work, each volume presents critical essays, selected or prepared especially for students, that approach the work from several contemporary critical perspectives, such as gender criticism and cultural studies. Each essay is accompanied by an introduction (with bibliography) to the history, principles, and practice of its critical perspective. Every volume also surveys the biographical, historical, and critical contexts of the literary work and concludes with a glossary of critical terms. New editions reprint cultural documents that contextualize the literary works and feature essays that show how critical perspectives can be combined.
Table of Contents
About the Series
About This Volume
PART I. "THE SECRET SHARER": THE COMPLETE TEXT
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Context
The Complete Text [1924 Doubleday Edition]
PART II. "THE SECRET SHARER": A CASE STUDY IN CONTEMPORARY CRITICISM
A Critical History of "The Secret Sharer"
Psychoanalytic Criticism and "The Secret Sharer"
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Psychoanalytic Perspective:
Daniel R. Schwarz, "The Secret Sharer" as and Act of Memory
Reader-Response Criticism and "The Secret Sharer"
What Is Reader-Response Criticism?
Reader-Response Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Reader-Response Perspective:
James Phelan, Sharing Secrets
New Historicism and "The Secret Sharer"
What Is New Historicism?
New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography
A New Historicist Perspective:
Michael Levenson, Secret History in "The Secret Sharer"
Feminist and Gender Criticism and "The Secret Sharer"
What Are Feminist and Gender Criticism?
Feminist and Gender Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Feminist Perspective:
Bonnie Kime Scott, Intimacies Engendered in Conrad's "The Secret Sharer"
Deconstruction and "The Secret Sharer"
What Is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography
A Deconstructive Perspective:
J. Hillis Miller, Sharing Secrets
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms
About the Contributors
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Conrad is one of the best English storytellers ever, and this is no exception
One reading of 'The Secret Sharer' will absolutely not do justice to the story being told. For, far more important (and to some, myself, for one, interesting) than the literal story of a young captain who comes in contact with and harbors a fugitive sailor is the psychological aspect which may not be noticed on just the first reading. The Captain (who's only been on the ship for a short while) is faced with the conflict of his youthful passiveness and taking command as a leader. This inner struggle gives way to the birth (or rather, emergence) of his counterpart, Leggatt (in Freudian terms, the representative of the Id.) Throughout the story we see as the Captain struggles with hiding Leggatt from the eyes of anyone, to 'protect him' from being caught and facing punishment. Also noticeable is the decay of the Captains' mental state, to the point where even he questions his sanity. Left up to the reader to discern is the actuality of Leggatts' presence. However, the evidence piles high for the argument of his being an imagined being. The Captain (whose name, interestingly is never revealed) subconsciously 'creates' Leggatt as an outlet for his worries about his nature itself. Leggatt is the 'physical' manifestation of his Id, which he does not fully understand, but as we see is quite submissive to, almost in an admiring way. The division of his mind leads to his mental instability which gets progressively worse over time. I'm not going to spoil the ending, but the conclusion leaves him a different man from when we were first introduced. The book is rich with themes, of course there's the psychological, (with the Id, Ego, Superego & the Captains hallucinations) but there's also the themes of isolation, land vs. sea, stepping up to a role and thus maturing and the philosophical question of whether or not there is a right or wrong. I really enjoyed it. PS. Read it with Fight Club in mind and you might see a few similarities.
this book was okay, i guess, but for a book that's aobut 60 pages long, it took forever!!!! it was good at times, but joseph conrad seemed to go on and on about the surrounds and i wanted to get back to the story. I really liked, however, how he wrote as if the captain and stow-away were twins. i also didn't like how he assumed that we knew everything about ships and all the slang that they used on ships. o well.