Sexuality and the Erotic in the Fiction of Joseph Conrad

Front Cover
Bloomsbury Publishing, Mar 1, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 190 pages
Awarded third place for The Adam Gillon Book Award in Conrad Studies 2009
The book presents a sustained critique of the interlinked (and contradictory) views that the fiction of Joseph Conrad is largely innocent of any interest in or concern with sexuality and the erotic, and that when Conrad does attempt to depict sexual desire or erotic excitement then this results in bad writing. Jeremy Hawthorn argues for a revision of the view that Conrad lacks understanding of and interest in sexuality. He argues that the comprehensiveness of Conrad's vision does not exclude a concern with the sexual and the erotic, and that this concern is not with the sexual and the erotic as separate spheres of human life, but as elements dialectically related to those matters public and political that have always been recognized as central to Conrad's fictional achievement. The book will open Conrad's fiction to readings enriched by the insights of critics and theorists associated with Gender Studies and Post-colonialism.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


1 Closeted characters and cloistered critics in II Conde Lord Jim The ShadowLine and Victory ...
2 The exotic and the erotic in An Outcast of the Islands and Heart of Darkness
3 The erotics of cruelty in A Smile of Fortune The Planter of Malata The Secret Agent Victory and Freya of the Seven Isles ...
4 Voyeurism in The ShadowLine and Under Western Eyes
Conclusion and?

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Jeremy Hawthorn is Emeritus Professor of English at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. He has published widely on the novel – especially Joseph Conrad – and literary theory.

Bibliographic information