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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As with the critical history of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw (1898) there is
an innocent reading of “Il Conde' and ... the innocent reading dominates the
accounts of readers and critics in the years following the first publication of the
How many discriminating readers actually got the point in 1908 it is impossible to
say, certainly there is at present no record of any committing their perceptions to
print before 1975. And yet reading the tale, and Conrad's 'Author's Note to A Set ...
But this 'knowing Conrad is not the Conrad who was familiar to readers for most
of the twentieth century. ... Had “Il Conde' been published as one of Henry
James's stories the knowing reading of the tale would surely been advanced
enough to awaken the suspicions of readers: as I have noted, the statue in
question is of a beautiful and naked male adolescent. But even knowing readers
have perhaps paid too little attention to that phrase 'side by side'. I will return to
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