Introduction: Conrad’s Sensational Women



Joseph Conrad’s late fiction makes a surprising turn to focus on 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. Conrad draws on multiple genres, including popular fiction, anthropology, and Darwinian science, to respond to Victorian representations of gender in layered and contradictory representations of his own. Conrad persuasively uses Victorian gender tropes to expose the ways that characters’ attitudes about gender and sexuality are shaped by pervasive familiar representations, representations that his fiction both takes part in and appraises.


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