Sexuality and the Erotic in the Fiction of Joseph Conrad
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.
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(119) Mégroz's account continues in like vein, accepting the Count's own report
at face value and silently excising the rôle and even the presence of the
intradiegetic narrator. During the years of New Critical hegemony the innocent
reading is ...
The place names, Naples, Capri, Baiae, Pompeii, and Herculaneum, which in the
narrative are associated with the Count, to the ancient Romans were suggestive
of decadence and immorality. It was here in Naples, the most Greek of Roman ...
I have already mentioned the narrator's meeting with the Count by the statue of
Hermes. Not only is this statue of a beautiful youth, but the three figures of Eros,
Hermes and Heracles are conventionally taken to form a homoerotic trinity ...
Withdrawing from the throng, the Count shared a little table in front of the café
with a young man of just such a type. Our friend had some lemonade. The young
man was sitting moodily before an empty glass. He looked up once, and then ...
He never stirred, as though he had fallen asleep there, but when the Count
passed by next time he had changed his attitude. He sat leaning forward. His
elbows were propped on his knees, and his hands were rolling a cigarette. He
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