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.
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.
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