The Secret Sharer | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by J. H. Stape

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of The Secret Sharer.
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Critical Essay by J. H. Stape

SOURCE: Stape, J. H. “Topography in ‘The Secret Sharer’.” The Conradian 26, no. 1 (spring 2001): 1-16.

In the following essay, Stape elucidates the symbolic significance of Conrad's topographical descriptions in “The Secret Sharer” in terms of existential isolation and the inner “topography” of the human psyche.

Despite the detailed attention paid to the sources of “The Secret Sharer” and to Conrad's experience of the Far East,1 the story's topography has garnered little critical interest. The almost exclusively shipboard setting certainly accounts partly for this, the land playing a role only at the opening and conclusion. At both moments, however, Conrad's graphic descriptions have a signal symbolic resonance. In the first instance, the crossing of the bar&#x...

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