Explore the life and work of the great novelist
This study day considers Conrad’s career as a novelist and his contribution to British culture in the year that has been designated ‘Joseph Conrad Year’ in Poland. Joseph Conrad, probably now best known as the author of Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent, was born in 1857 at a time when Poland had been divided between Austria, Prussia and Russia. He first came to Britain in 1878 as an apprentice on a British steamer. He spent the next sixteen years in the British Merchant Navy before beginning his career as a novelist with Almayer’s Folly.
Professor Robert Hampson initiates an afternoon of expert discussion with a lecture on Conrad as ‘England’s Polish Genius’. This is followed by the first of two panels which explores ‘Joseph Conrad and London’ with Dr Hugh Epstein (‘Conrad’s Vision of London’), Dr Patricia Pye (‘Listening to London: the sound of Conrad’s city’) and Dr Mary Burgoyne (‘Homecoming: Joseph Conrad and the Great War’).
In the final part of the day, take a look at Joseph Conrad and contemporary fiction reflecting on Conrad’s place in relation to contemporary British and Polish fiction. This second panel includes two prize-winning novelists: Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland, Turbulence and other works and the Polish novelist, Jacek Dukaj, author of Ice and other works.
In association with the British Council, the Joseph Conrad Society (UK) and the Polish Cultural Institute
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