Joseph Conrad: Life and Legacy


Course Description

Maya Jasanoff won the 2018 Cundhill History Prize with her book, The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World, which we will read as our core text. How did Conrad pioneer our understanding of the forces that shape our modern world? Was Jasanoff persuasive in arguing that Conrad did not merely embody the soul of his time, he foresaw our own? What can we learn from Conrad’s insights into his own era of globalization and rapid technological change, as reflected in his novels and short stories? How did his writings anticipate the modern age’s take on issues such as immigration, globalization, terrorism, and human rights?

Did Conrad believe, not that savages were inhuman, but that any human could become savage as we all share the same capacity for good and evil? Jasanoff will be our guide as we trace Conrad’s historical, biographical, and literary footsteps while reading his novels, The Secret Agent, Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness, and Nostromo.

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Monday, January 6th 2020

Course Length: 12 weeks, Mondays, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Discussion Team: Peter Jankowski, Jennifer MacGregor

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.


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