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New Directions in Book History

Conrad's Reading

Space, Time, Networks

Authors: Chambers, Helen

  • Is the first study to make comprehensive, systematic and critical use of the rich seams of recorded evidence of reading to be found in Conrad’s Collected Letters
  • Offers an innovative examination of Conrad’s maritime reading, using an original multidimensional investigative approach 
  • Offers the first comprehensive account of Conrad’s rich and varied fictional depictions of readers and reading, through close analysis of the ‘Marlow’ fiction, ‘Youth’ (1898) ‘Heart of Darkness’ (1899), Lord Jim (1900) and Chance (1914), and several other works 
  • Is the first examination of Conrad’s most important longstanding male literary friendships seen through the perspective of shared reading of work in progress, periodicals and published books
  • Adds significantly to the study of Conrad and gender by further examining Conrad’s literary relationships with several literate and multilingual women
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About this book

This book aligns concepts and methods from book history with new literary research on a globally studied writer. An innovative three-part approach, combining close reading the evidence of reading, scrutiny of international book distribution circuits, and of Conrad's many fictional representations of reading, illuminates his childhood, maritime and later shore-based reading. After an overview of the empirical evidence of Conrad's reading, his sparsely documented twenty years reading at sea and in port is reconstructed. An examination the reading practices of his famous narrator Marlow then serves to link Conrad's own maritime and shore-based reading. Conrad's subsequent networked reading, shared with his closest male friends, and with literate multilingual women, is examined within the context of Edwardian reading practices. His fictional representations of reading and material texts are highlighted throughout, including genre trends, periodical reading, reading spaces and their lighting, and the use of reading as therapy. The book should appeal both to Conrad scholars and to historians of reading.

About the authors

Helen Chambers is an Honorary Associate in English at The Open University, UK. As well as specialist medical qualifications she has a recent (2014) PhD in Literature and has published on Conrad and Ford Madox Ford. Based in France, she is a member of the History of the Book and Reading Research Collaboration (HOBAR) at the Open University and an active contributor and editor for the Reading Experience Database (UKRED).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Chambers, Helen

    Pages 1-15

  • ‘Books Are an Integral Part of One’s Life’: Evaluating the Evidence of Conrad’s Reading

    Chambers, Helen

    Pages 17-60

  • ‘Read by Chance on the Indian Ocean’: Reconstructing Conrad’s Maritime Reading

    Chambers, Helen

    Pages 61-107

  • ‘A Book, Not Bemused by the Cleverness of the Day’: Marlow as a Reader

    Chambers, Helen

    Pages 109-137

  • ‘A Conrad Archipelago Replete with Islands’: Edwardian Reading Communities

    Chambers, Helen

    Pages 139-181

Buy this book

eBook £62.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-76487-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-76486-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conrad's Reading
Book Subtitle
Space, Time, Networks
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in Book History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76487-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76487-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76486-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 245
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations
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