The Journal of the Joseph
Conrad Society (UK)
Published twice yearly,
with issue in the spring and autumn, The
Conradian: The Journal of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK) is
a refereed journal of scholarship devoted to the life and writings
of Joseph Conrad. It is the recognized
journal of record in the field of Conrad studies. Recent
issues have included work on all aspects of Conrad.
The General Editor is Allan H. Simmons, the
Contributing Editors Owen Knowles and J. H. Stape, and the Advisory
Editor Laurence Davies.
The journal is included in the cost of membership
and sent to all members of The Society. It is available by subscription
to libraries. For information on current rates for members/subscribers
as well as methods of payment, please see the Membership
is indexed in the MLA International
Bibliography, The Year's
Work in English Studies , Abstracts
in English Studies, and Victorian
Studies. The journal from 1993 to 2006 will be available
in digital form from JSTOR
some time in 2012.
Back issues are available for certain years
and may be purchased by contacting The Honorary Secretary. A sample
issue (pdf file) is available here. For
a list of back issues available, prices, and payment methods see
either of the two forms provided here for downloading and printing:
MS Word Back Issues
or PDF Back Issues.
welcomes submissions on all aspects of the life and writings of
Joseph Conrad. Normally, essays vary between 5,000-8,000 words in
length, although in exceptional cases where a topic warrants further
development the word-limit can be increased. Notes are also welcome.
The journal reviews only the volumes of The Cambridge Edition
of the Works of Joseph Conrad. Other volumes of interest are
reviewed on this website.
Cambridge University Press, acting for The
Estate of Joseph Conrad, has determined that all unpublished letters
by Conrad (which as unpublished work are still in copyright) should
appear only in The Conradian. Permission to publish these
need not be sought. Unpublished letters are to be formatted following
the conventions in The Collected Letters.
Since the journal publishes only 15-18 full
length essays per year and essays are typically solicited after
the Annual Conference, a very high standard of scholarship is maintained
and only original and significant work can be considered for publication.
Submissions should be sent to The Editor at
as a Windows-based MS Word file. A template
is available here and may be altered as desired to make a submission.
A brief bio-bibliography will be requested from the writer upon
acceptance of a submission. (See the latest issue for models.)
Non-members whose work has been accepted for
publication in The Conradian are invited to take out membership
to support the Society for the calendar year in which their work
The decision to publish an essay is undertaken
by the editorial committee on the advice, if required, of specialists
in the wider scholarly community. A decision normally takes approximately
Essays are thoroughly edited for style, for
consistency with house-style practices, clarity of argument, and
accuracy of citations and references and then returned to the writer
for checking and final approval.
The time-lag between acceptance and publication
can vary, depending upon the number of essays in hand and whether
or not a special issue is scheduled. At present, at least twelve
months will usually pass between acceptance and publication.
From time to time, the editors solicit material
for special issues. These issues are also published as monographs
by Rodopi of Amsterdam. Themed issues are another separate category,
with a focus maintained in all (or in the overwhelming number of)
uses a "Works cited" citation format (see the Style
Sheet), and writers are requested to submit their work in it.
Footnotes are reserved for the expansion of ideas and not for bibliographical
information as such. Submissions not conforming to this rubric may
be returned to the writer before being considered.
Relevant illustrations (normally black and
white) may accompany an essay. Originals should only be submitted
once an essay has been accepted, at which time specifications regarding
acceptable quality and format (a minimum of 300 dpi for digital
images) will be supplied the writer. If maps are required, we can
recommend a cartographer and usually can cover expenses; however,
providing models to be redrawn are the responsibility of the writer.
Potential contributors should apply The
Conradian Style Sheet
to their work to expedite processing and editing.
Essays scheduled to appear in the Autumn 2013 issue of the journal are as follows:
Conradian 38.2 (Autumn 2013)
- Ryan Francis Murphy: Exterminating the Elephant in "Heart of Darkness"
- Evelyn Tsz Yan Chan: Anarchism and the irony of professional work in The Secret Agent
- Nisha Manocha: Conrad’s Tidalectic Sea Tales
- Jennifer Malia: Media Sensationalism and Terrorism in The Secret Agent
- William Atkinson: Conrad in The Strand: The Hermeneutics of Suspicion and "The Tale"
- Joanna Kurowska: Moral and Religious Relativism in The Rover
- C. T. Watts: The Tremolino and the Tourmaline: Reflections and Speculations
- J. H. Stape: Conrad’s Voyage to Africa: Footnotes to a Journey
- Owen Knowles: Jack London on Conrad’s Victory (1915): A Postscript
- Alexandre Fachard: The Youth Volume: A 1903 Review
- J. H. Stape: Conrad in Marseilles: The Delestangs
New Conrad Letters
- John G. Peters: Uncollected Conrad Letters Recently Published: A Checklist
- Peter Lancelot Mallios: Review Essay: Joseph Conrad: Contemporary Reviews
Conradian: Special Issue –
Chance: Centennial Essays
A special issue of the journal (39.1 Spring 2014), to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the publication of Chance, is forthcoming.
The issue will be edited by Susan Jones, Allan H. Simmons, and J. H. Stape. Submissions for this issue are now closed. The issue will be published as a volume in the Conrad Studies Series by Rodopi of Amsterdam.
Essays scheduled to appear in the Spring 2014 special issue of the journal are as follows:
Conradian 39.1 (Spring 2014)
- Andrew Glazzard: "The shore gang": Chance and the Ethics of Work
- Jay Parker: Rortyian contingency and ethnocentrism in Conrad's Chance
- Anne Enderwitz: Speech, Affect and Intervention in Joseph Conrad's Chance
- Debra Romanick Baldwin: Socratic Aporia in Conrad's Dialectical Fiction: Reanimating a Classical Quarrel
- Ewa Kujawska-Lis: Chance and Its Intertextualities
- E. H. Wright: The "girl-novel": Conrad's Chance and Woolf's The Voyage Out
- Helen Chambers: "Fine-weather books": Representations of Readers and Reading in Chance
- Pei Wen Clio Kao: From Incapable "Angel in the House" to Invincible "New Woman" in Marlovian Narratives: Representing Womanhood in "Heart of Darkness" and Chance
- John G. Peters: "Let that Marlow talk": Chance and the Narrative Problem of Marlow
- Mark Deggan: Ships in the Night: Intimacy, Narration, and the Endless Near Misses of Chance
- Yumiko Iwashimizu: Chance: Conrad's A Portrait of a Feminist