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Re-Orient: Travel and Encounter

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Conrad’s birth this study day puts him in historical context.

Joseph Conrad, the Polish-born British novelist served in both the French and English merchant navies where he rose through the ranks from common seaman to ship’s master. One journey up the River Congo was to provide the inspiration for his seminal novel, Heart of Darkness (1899). Writing on the cusp of modernity he confronted issues such as colonialism and encounter that still provoke controversy and debate today. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Conrad’s birth this study day puts him in historical context. It explores the Victorians’ fascination with the sea, looking at phenomena such as sea-voyage fairground simulators and the first cinema images of moving waves; considers intrepid female travellers who voyaged to South - East Asia and addresses trans-cultural encounter, considering how Conrad attempts to domesticate and exoticize the people and cultures he met during his years at sea for an audience eager to acquire knowledge about then-distant and remote parts of the world.
In partnership with the English Department, Royal Holloway College and the Joseph Conrad Society UK.


John Stape | talks
Stephen Donovan | talks
Robert Hampson | talks
Katherine Baxter | talks


Date and Time:

10 March 2006 at 11:00 am


Full Day



National Maritime Museum
Park Row
SE10 9NF
020 8312 6716

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