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Reading Joseph Conrad: Episodes from the Coast


Delivered as a lecture at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, in March 2013, on the eve of the second anniversary of “the events,” as Royle’s host called them, this essay is, in part, about Fukushima. It focuses in a timely/untimely way on Conrad’s remarkable story “Typhoon.” The essay also connects to various themes raised in the preceding “Quick Fictions” lecture, including in particular the notion of quick fiction.