Fiancees and Wives in Conrad's Fiction

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The essay considers Conrad's engagement with two figurations of the feminine in late-Victorian fiction fiancees and wives. It begins with Conrad's representation of women in his early fiction. It then examines the critical representation of the Intended in 'Heart of Darkness' as against Marlow's misreadings of her; it explores Conrad's depiction of captain's wives in his fiction and concludes with an engagement with the complexities of Marlow's presentation of Flora de Barral in Chance - as vulnerable female and as wife. Through an examination of these figures the essay also aims to engage with contemporary debates about 'the feminine'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-27
Number of pages15
JournalL'Epoque Conradienne
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2017
EventConference: Joseph Conrad and the feminine - Universite Jean Moulin-Lyon 3, Lyon, France
Duration: 12 Dec 201412 Dec 2014


  • Joseph Conrad; wives; fiancees; the feminine; Chance, 'Heart of Darkness'

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