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Conrad’s Sensational Heroines

Gender and Representation in the Late Fiction of Joseph Conrad

Authors: Harrington, Ellen

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  • Offers a valuable contribution not only to Conrad and gender studies but to the ongoing critical discussion of Conrad’s relation to contemporary culture
  • Fills a vital gap in the study of Joseph Conrad through an in-depth discussion of his female characters
  • Focuses on a broad range of Conrad's late fiction including The Secret Agent, Chance, Victory, The Arrow of Gold, The Rescue, and The Rover
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This volume considers Joseph Conrad’s use of multiple genres, including allusions to sensation fiction, pornography, anthropology, and Darwinian science, to respond to Victorian representations of gender in layered and contradictory representations of his own. In his stories and later novels, the familiar writer of sea stories centered on men moves to consider the plight of women and the challenges of renegotiating gender roles in the context of the early twentieth century. Conrad’s rich and conflicted consideration of subjectivity and alienation extends to some of his women characters, and his complex use of genre allows him both to prompt and to subvert readers’ expectations of popular forms, which typically offer recognizable formulas for gender roles. He frames his critique through familiar sensationalized typologies of women that are demonstrated in his fiction: the violent mother, the murderess, the female suicide, the fallen woman, the adulteress, and the traumatic victim. Considering these figures through the roles and the taxonomies that they simultaneously embody and disrupt, this study exposes internalized patriarchal expectations that Conrad presents as both illegitimate and inescapable.

About the authors

Ellen Burton Harrington is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Alabama. She has published previously on nineteenth-century sensation and detective fiction and the influence of these genres and criminal anthropology on the work of Joseph Conrad.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: Conrad’s Sensational Women

    Pages 1-15

    Harrington, Ellen Burton

  • The Passionate Mother and the Contest for Authority: “The Idiots” and “Amy Foster”

    Pages 17-29

    Harrington, Ellen Burton

  • Pornography and Representations of Women: The Secret Agent and Victory

    Pages 31-57

    Harrington, Ellen Burton

  • The Victorian Woman Suicide: “The Idiots,” The Secret Agent, and Chance

    Pages 59-75

    Harrington, Ellen Burton

  • The Fallen Woman and Sexuality as “Their Own Weapon”: Victory, “Because of the Dollars,” and The Arrow of Gold

    Pages 77-105

    Harrington, Ellen Burton

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conrad’s Sensational Heroines
Book Subtitle
Gender and Representation in the Late Fiction of Joseph Conrad
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63297-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63297-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63296-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87520-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 173
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