The next seminar of our Inventions of the Text series sees Dr Katherine Baxter (Northumbria) talk about Joseph Conrad’s dramatic works, and the difficulties of editing them. Everyone is welcome to attend at the Department of English Studies, on 9th March, at 17.30.
Joseph Conrad is well known as an author of long and short fiction but less well known as a dramatist. Consequently, whilst his popular works have appeared in multiple editions and have been translated into multiple languages, his various dramatic works have rarely seen the light of day – whether on the page or on the stage. Following an overview of Conrad’s dramatic oeuvre, in which I give an account of the contexts for these various and varied works (including his only known translation of a literary work from Polish), this paper will discuss some of challenges and opportunities that these works, and their relative obscurity, pose for the textual editor.