Conrad and Nautical Language: Flying Moors and Crimson Barometers

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The essay explores Conrad's use of technical maritime language in his fiction. It focuses on Conrad's negotiation of precision and clarity - and the kind of contract he establishes with the reader. It then considers the problem of representing another kind of nautical language - the swearing of ships' crews - and how Conrad negotiated the problem of authenticity and contemporary ideas of decency. The essay considers also how contemporary reviewers responded to these aspects of his fiction
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConrad and Language
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)978-1-4744-0376-4
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2016


  • Maritime Language
  • Swearing
  • Censorship
  • Joseph Conrad
  • Sea fiction

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