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Conrad and Language

Edited by Katherine Isobel Baxter, Robert Hampson

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Opens up the rich topic of Joseph Conrad’s complex relationship with language

Joseph Conrad was, famously, trilingual in Polish, French and English, and was also familiar with German, Russian, Dutch and Malay. He was also a consummate stylist, using words with the precision of a poet in his fiction.

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Contents

A Note on Texts
Conrad and Language: Introduction, Katherine Isobel Baxter and Robert Hampson
Conrad and Maritime Language: Flying Moors and Crimson Barometers, Robert Hampson
‘I have something in hand that shall strike terror into the heart of these gorged brutes’: The Many Meanings of Terror in Conrad’s Fiction, Andrew Glazzard
Conrad, George Moore and the Critique of Abstract Language, John Attridge
Conrad´s Language of Passivity: Unmoving towards Late Modernism, Yael Levin
The Powers of Speech in Conrad’s Fiction, Josiane Paccaud-Huguet
‘Soundless as Shadows’: Language and Disability in the Political Novels, Katherine Isobel Baxter
Joseph Conrad and Romanized Print Form: from Tuan Almayer to Prince Roman, Chris GoGwilt
Languages in Conrad’s Malay Fiction, Andrew Francis
Gallicisms: The Secret Agent in Conrad’s Prose, Claude Masionnat
‘The speech of my secret choice’: Conrad and English, Andrew Purssell
Recent Russian Translations of Under Western Eyes and The Secret Agent, Ludmilla Voitkovska
Afterword, Laurence Davies.

About the Author

Katherine Isobel Baxter is Reader in English Literature in the Department of Humanities at Northumbria University. She has published widely on Joseph Conrad as well as on colonial and postcolonial literature. Other research interests include literary multilingualism, and law and literature studies.

Robert Hampson is Professor of Modern Literature in the English Department at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of three monographs on Conrad: Joseph Conrad: Betrayal and Identity (1992), Cross-Cultural Encounters in Joseph Conrad’s Malay Fiction (2000), and Conrad’s Secrets (2012). He is a former editor of The Conradian, and he has co-edited Conrad and Theory (1998) with Andrew Gibson and a triple issue of Conradiana on ‘Conrad and Serialization’ (2009) with Steven Donovan and Linda Dryden. He co-edited Ford Madox Ford: A ReAppraisal (2002) with Tony Davenport and Ford Madox Ford’s Modernity (2003) with Max Saunders. He has edited various works by Conrad, Ford, Kipling and Haggard for Penguin and other publishers, and he is on the editorial board of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad.

Reviews

Joseph Conrad was formed in and through many languages, and in his works a fascination with language serves as a portal through which to explore the profoundest issues of his self and his age. Written by leading Conradians, this is a fascinating, and indispensable, collection for students of Conrad’s writing.

- Jeremy Hawthorn, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet

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