ASPECTS OF CHANGE IN THE FICTION OF JOSEPH CONRAD

deadline for submissions: 
July 1, 2022
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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)

The SAMLA 94 conference theme of “change” encourages us to look at texts in different ways, which might include looking at texts that reflect real change or that perhaps illustrate the appearance of change coupled with a sense, ultimately, of stasis. This theme of “change” gives us a chance to examine Conrad’s authorial engagement with the potential complexities of change in society or politics and in our personal lives.

In this panel we invite papers that explore any aspect of Conrad, but given the conference theme, we might consider the ways in which investigations of change in Conrad can sometimes point to the dogged continuation of the status quo. For example, in Heart of Darkness, there seems to be action and therefore change in all directions, but the portrait may be, in the end, one of a stark, unchanging reality: the heartless pursuit of profit and exploitation. It seems the more things change the more they stay the same. In Conrad's great political novel Nostromo, change is also evident everywhere and yet we might think that the inevitable victory of the monetary interests looks very familiar to us today. And then there is Under Western Eyes, his great novel of Russia which suggests an interesting, and still timely, tension between stasis and change. Papers that investigate these or any other aspects of change in Conrad will be most welcome.