Joseph Conrad's Objects

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The essay begins with cultural artefacts and commodities in Almayer's Folly, objects as part of the novel's narrative semantics; it then proceeds through the circulation of commodities in 'Heart of Darkness' and the object as fetish in An Outcast of the islands; it then offers a reading of 'An Outpost of Progress' as a way of exploring further the anthropological concept of the fetish. The final partts of the essay consider commodity fetishism in relation to Nostromo, the object of perception in 'Heart of Darkness', and the aesthetic object in The Arrow of Gold.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Oct 2019


  • Joseph Conrad
  • cultural artefacts
  • salvage anthropology
  • ethnographic gaze
  • commodity
  • Almayer's Folly
  • Heart of Darkness
  • Huntley and Palmer biscuit tins
  • fetish
  • An outcast of the islands
  • An Outpost of Progress
  • Karain
  • the talisman
  • minkisis
  • Sierra Leone
  • Liverpool Museum
  • commodity fetishism
  • Nostromo
  • aesthetic object
  • The Arrow of Gold

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