QUT ePrints

Joseph Conrad and Britain's Dream of Empire

Trocki, Carl A. (1998) Joseph Conrad and Britain's Dream of Empire. Conrad Concepts: E-Journal of the Joseph Conrad Foundation.

Abstract

This article explores the first chapter of Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim focusing on the possible meanings of the word "Patna". I argue that Conrad intended the term to suggest that the ship and its fate was a metaphor for the British Empire. "Patna" was a reference to opium upon which the empire was built. The book was intended as a critique of empire and as an antidote to the popular literature of the day which glorified the empire as a field for adventure in the "Boy's Own" writing of the late Victorian era.

Impact and interest:

Citation countsare sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

336 since deposited on 24 Jul 2007
21 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloadsdisplays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 8774
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see hypertext link).For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. Author contact details: c.trocki@qut.edu.au
Additional URLs:
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Historical Studies not elsewhere classified (210399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > British and Irish Literature (200503)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > British History (210305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Asian History (210302)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1998 The Author
Deposited On: 24 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:43

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page