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Joseph Conrad's Critical Reception

  • Date Published: April 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107034853


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  • Throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Joseph Conrad's novels and short stories have consistently figured into – and helped to define – the dominant trends in literary criticism. This book is the first to provide a thorough yet accessible overview of Conrad scholarship and criticism spanning the entire history of Conrad studies, from the 1895 publication of his first book, Almayer's Folly, to the present. While tracing the general evolution of the commentary surrounding Conrad's work, John G. Peters's careful analysis also evaluates Conrad's impact on critical trends such as the belles lettres tradition, the New Criticism, psychoanalysis, structuralist and post-structuralist criticism, narratology, postcolonial studies, gender and women's studies, and ecocriticism. The breadth and scope of Peters's study make this text an essential resource for Conrad scholars and students of English literature and literary criticism.

    • Provides an accessible and thorough overview of Conrad criticism through the major trends in contemporary literary criticism
    • The first book to address Conrad commentary since 1990
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "… valuable for those interested in Conrad criticism … Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty."
    R. Ducharme, Choice

    "It is a useful and impeccably researched compendium of summaries of book-length criticism."
    Andrew Glazzard, The Conradian Reviews

    "John Peters's excellent survey of Conrad criticism from 1895 to 2012 presents a familiar paradigm of writerly success."
    Stephen E. Tabachnick, English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107034853
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 155 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Early Conrad commentary
    2. Beginnings of modern Conrad commentary
    3. Development of modern Conrad commentary
    4. Modern Conrad commentary
    5. Contemporary Conrad commentary
    Afterword: future directions for Conrad commentary

  • Author

    John G. Peters, University of North Texas
    John G. Peters is a Professor of English at the University of North Texas and former president of the Joseph Conrad Society of America. He is author of Conrad and Impressionism (2001) and The Cambridge Introduction to Joseph Conrad (2006). He is editor of Conrad and the Public Eye (2008), A Historical Guide to Joseph Conrad (2010), the Broadview Press edition of Conrad's Under Western Eyes (2010) and Volume 2 of Joseph Conrad: The Contemporary Review (2012).

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