Chapter 11. Joseph Conrad: “The Secret Sharer” and “An Outpost of Progress”

  1. Cheryl Alexander Malcolm Associate Professor2 and
  2. David Malcolm Professor3
  1. Christopher Thomas Cairney

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch11

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story

How to Cite

Cairney, C. T. (2008) Joseph Conrad: “The Secret Sharer” and “An Outpost of Progress”, in A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story (eds C. A. Malcolm and D. Malcolm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304770.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of American Studies, University of Gdańsk, Poland

  2. 3

    English Institute, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Author Information

  1. De Anza College (California), USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145374

Online ISBN: 9781444304770

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Keywords:

  • Conrad: “The Secret Sharer”/“An Outpost of Progress”;
  • Conrad's rich and varied personal experiences - stories sourced from these;
  • “The Secret Sharer” confusion between the captain and Leggatt is central to the story;
  • great success of “The Secret Sharer”;
  • ambiguous coda of “The Secret Sharer,” - the white hat an allusion to “Old White Hat,” the owner of the Cutty Sark;
  • negative and the positive - not exactly alternative spheres in Conrad's art

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading