Katherine Isobel Baxter. Joseph Conrad and the Swan Song of Romance.  Ashgate, 2010.

"In the first critical study wholly devoted to Joseph Conrad's use  of techniques associated with the literary tradition of romance, Baxter  argues that Conrad's engagement with the genre invigorated his work  throughout his career. Exploring the ways in which Conrad borrows from,  alludes to, and subverts the tropes of romance, Baxter suggests that  Conrad's ambivalent relationship with popular forms like the adventure  novel is revealed in the way he uses romance conventions to disrupt  narrative expectations and make visible ethical problems with Europe's  colonial project. Baxter examines not only familiar novels like "Lord  Jim" but also less-studied works such as "Romance" and "The Rover,"  using Robert Miles' model of the 'philosophical romance' to show that  for Conrad, romance is also philosophically engaged with issues of  ideology. Her study seeks to enable a new appreciation of the ways in  which Conrad continued to experiment, even in his later fiction, and of  the ethical import of that aesthetic experimentation."

     Harold Bloom, ed.  Joseph Conrad (Modern Critical Views). New Edition. Bloom's Literary  Criticism, 2010.

     Kausar Equbal. Joseph Conrad: His Mind and Work. Shipra Publications, 2010.

      Richard J. Hand. Disparate Horrors: Adaptation and Joseph Conrad.  University of Glamorgan, Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries,  2010.

     Pawel Jedrzejko, Milton Reigelman, Zuzanna  Szatanik, eds. Hearts of Darkness: Melville, Conrad and  Narratives of Oppression. M-Studio, 2010.

"Critical essays from Melville and Conrad scholars from around the world,  including John T. Matteson, Sanford Marovitz, Laurence Davies, T. Walter  Herbert, Arthur Redding, Paula Kopacz, Yuji Kato, and Rodrigo Andres."

      Paul Kirschner. Comparing Conrad: Essays  on Joseph Conrad and His Implied Dialogues with Other Writers. Paul  Kirschner, 2010.


     Barbara Handke. First Command: A  Psychological Revading of Joseph Conrad™s “The Secret Sharer” and The  Shadow-Line. Galda Verlag, 2010.

     Peter  Lancelot Mallios. Our Conrad: Constituting American Modernity.  Stanford University Press, 2010.

"Our Conrad is about  the American reception of Joseph Conrad and its  crucial role in the formation of modernism and American culture more  generally. Although Conrad did not visit the country until a year  before  his death, his fiction served as both foil and mirror to America's  conception of itself and its place in the world. Mallios rewrites  modern  American literary and cultural history through Conrad's estranging  prism. In so doing, he avails himself of a wide range of sources that  are meant to reveal the historical and political factors that made  Conrad's work valuable to a range of prominent figures--including  Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Richard Wright, Woodrow Wilson, and Theodore and Edith Roosevelt--and explores regional differences in Conrad's  reception. He suggests that foreign-authored writing can be as  integral a  part of United States culture as that of any native. Arguing that an  individual writer's apparent (national, gendered, racial, political)  identity is not always a good predictor of the diversity of voices and dialogues to which he gives rise, this exercise in transnational  comparativism participates in post-Americanist efforts to render  American Studies less insular and parochial.”

     Richard Niland. Conrad and History. Oxford University Press, 2010.

"This book examines the philosophy of history and the subject of the  nation in the literature of Joseph Conrad. It explores the importance of  nineteenth-century Polish Romantic philosophy in Conrad's literary  development, arguing that the Polish response to Hegelian traditions of  historiography in nineteenth-century Europe influenced Conrad's  interpretation of history. After investigating Conrad's early career in  the context of the philosophy of history, the book analyses Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), and Under Western Eyes (1911) in light of Conrad's writing about Poland and his sustained  interest in the subject of national identity. Conrad juxtaposes his  belief in an inherited Polish national identity, derived from Herder and  Rousseau, with a skeptical questioning of modern nationalism in European  and Latin American contexts. Nostromo presents the creation of  the modern nation state of Sulaco; The Secret Agent explores the  subject of 'foreigners' and nationality in England; while Under  Western Eyes constitutes a systematic attempt to undermine Russian  national identity. Conrad emerges as an author who examines critically  the forces of nationalism and national identity that troubled Europe  throughout the nineteenth century and in the period before the First  World War. This leads to a consideration of Conrad's work during the  Great War. In his fiction and newspaper articles during the war, Conrad  found a way of dealing with a conflict that made him acutely aware of  being sidelined at a turning point in both modern Polish and modern  European history. Finally, this book re-evaluates Conrad's late novelsThe Rover (1923) and Suspense (1925), a long-neglected  part of his career, investigating Conrad's sustained treatment of French  history in his last years alongside his life-long fascination with the  cult of Napoleon Bonaparte."

     John G.  Peters, ed. A Historical Guide to Joseph Conrad. Oxford  University Press, 2010.

"Born to Polish parents in what is now known as the Ukraine, Joseph  Conrad would become one of the greatest writers in the English language.  With works like Lord Jim, The Nigger of the "Narcissus," and Heart of Darkness, he not only solidified his place in the  pantheon of great novelists, but also established himself as a keen-eyed  chronicler of the social and political themes that animated the  contemporary world around him. The original essays assembled here by  Peters showcase the abundance of historical material Conrad drew upon to  create his varied literary corpus. Essays show how the author mined his  early life as a sailor to pen gripping, realistic tales of nautical life  while issuing scathing indictments of colonialism and capitalist  cupidity in works like Almayer's Folly and Heart of Darkness.  His unique sense of himself as an outsider is explored in relation to  his pointed political novels that critiqued corruption and terrorism,  most notably in Nostromo and The Secret Agent. In addition  to his major works, essays consider Conrad's contributions as an  innovative modernist and his unique role in the nineteenth-century  literary marketplace. Complete with an up-to-date bibliography and  illustrated chronology, A Historical Guide to Joseph Conrad provides a resource to the life and work of the major  novelist."

    J. H. Stape and Ernest W. Sullivan II, eds. Conrad™s Lord  Jim: A Transcription of the Manuscript. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010.

"Written in 1899-1900, Lord Jim is one of the key works of literary  Modernism. A novel of immense power, it has never been out of print,  attracting readers for over a century and variously influencing the  development of twentieth-century fiction. This page-by-page transcription of  the surviving manuscript and fragmentary typescript offers a privileged  glimpse into the writer's workshop, allowing a reader to follow closely the  evolution of character, narrative technique, and themes. Accompanying the  transcription of the novel (about half of which survives) are supplementary  materials that contribute to the story of its history: a new transcription  of "Tuan Jim" (the Ur-version of the opening chapters) and the draft version  of Conrad's 1917 "Author's Note" to the novel. Conrad's Lord Jim: A Transcription of  the Manuscript makes available for the first time material housed in  far-flung archives and encourages genetic approaches to a work acclaimed for  its polished style, virtuoso effects, and narrative complexity."