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Melville and/or Conrad: Politics-History-Culture

Issues that the Participants may wish to address might include, but are by no means limited to, the following:

  • Melville and Conrad as political writers
  • Melville’s and Conrad’s political views in the light of their prose/poetry
  • Melville’s and Conrad’s texts of political criticism in historical contexts
  • Melville, Conrad and the politicization of reading
  • Melville, Conrad and geographical space
  • Melville, Conrad and the discourse of expansion/discovery/invasion
  • Eurocentric projections in Melville and in Conrad
  • The discourse of history in the oeuvre of Melville and of Conrad
  • History and memory in Melville and in Conrad
  • Race and gender in Melville and in Conrad
  • Faces of colonialism in Melville and in Conrad
  • The Far Away, the Long Ago: constructions of distant lands in Melville and in Conrad
  • Constructing/Reading/Translating Otherness in Melville and in Conrad
  • Strange Cultures, Strange Lands: Queering Melville, Queering Conrad