EN3504 Special Author: Conrad
Summer Reading List (2015-16)
Course Tutor: Professor Robert Hampson
The following is recommended as useful preparation:
Works by Conrad:
- You should get hold of Keith Carabine (ed,), Joseph Conrad: Selected Short Stories (Wordsworth Editions, 1997). You should read as many of these as you can, but you should definitely read ‘An Outpost of Progress’, ‘The Lagoon’, ‘Karain’ and ‘Youth’.
- You should also read Almayer’s Folly, Heart of Darkness, and Lord Jim in either World’s Classics or Penguin editions.
- A useful introduction to Conrad is Cedric Watts, A Preface to Conrad (Longman, 1982).
- More recent introductory works include J. H. Stape (ed), The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (Cambridge University Press, 1996); John Peters (ed), A Historical Guide to Joseph Conrad (Oxford University Press, 2009); and J. H. Stape (ed.), The New Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
- For more advanced work on Conrad (including essays on Heart of Darkness), you might look at Carola M. Kaplan, Peter Lancelot Mallio and Andrea White (eds), Conrad in the Twenty-first Century: Contemporary Approaches and Perspectives (Routledge, 2005).
- For Conrad’s Malay fiction (Almayer’s Folly, Lord Jim and other works), you could look at my Cross-Cultural Encounters in Joseph Conrad’s Malay Fiction (Palgrave, 2000).
- For a thorough grounding in the first half of Conrad’s writing career, read Ian Watt, Conrad in the Nineteenth Century (Chatto & Windus, 1980).
- The best biography is Z. Najder, Joseph Conrad: A Life (Camden House, 2007).
- A good shorter biography is Cedric Watts, Joseph Conrad: A Literary Life (Macmillan, 1989).