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Prof Allan Simmons

Professor - English Literature

About Research

Prof Allan Simmons is a professor of English Literature in the School of Arts and Humanities at St Mary's University. 

Allan is one of the world’s leading authorities on the works of Joseph Conrad, and runs the University's Centre for Joseph Conrad Studies.


Research

Monographs and edited volumes

  • Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness. Ed. Owen Knowles and Allan H. Simmons. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Joseph Conrad. The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’. Ed. Allan H. Simmons. The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. Awarded the Seal of the Committee on Scholarly Editions, Modern Language Association of America 
  • Joseph Conrad. An Outcast of the Islands. Ed. Allan H Simmons. The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.  Awarded the Seal of the Committee on Scholarly Editions, Modern Language Association of America
  • Centennial Essays on Joseph Conrad’s Chance. Ed. Allan H. Simmons and Susan Jones. Leiden, Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill BV, 2015.
  • Joseph Conrad. The Shadow-Line Ed. J. H. Stape and Allan H. Simmons, with Introduction and Notes by Owen Knowles. The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Awarded the Seal of the Committee on Scholarly Editions, Modern Language Association of America 
  • Joseph Conrad: Contemporary Reviews, Vol. 1. Ed. Allan H. Simmons. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Joseph Conrad. Tales of Unrest. Ed. Allan H. Simmons and J. H. Stape. The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.  Awarded the Seal of the Committee on Scholarly Editions, Modern Language Association of America 
  • Under Western Eyes: Centennial Essays, edited with Jeremy Hawthorn and J. H. Stape. Rodopi: Amsterdam, 2011
  • Editor. Conrad in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009
  • Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”: A Reader’s Guide. London: Continuum, 2007
  • Editor. Joseph Conrad: Lord Jim. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 2007
  • “Introduction.” Conrad’s Under Western Eyes. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 2007
  • The Secret Agent: Centennial Essays, edited with J. H. Stape. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007
  • Glossary and Notes. Conrad’s The Nigger of the “Narcissus” and Other Stories. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 2007
  • Joseph Conrad. London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006
  • Joseph Conrad: The Short Fiction, edited with Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan and J. H. Stape. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004
  • Nostromo”: Centennial Essays, edited with J. H. Stape. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004
  • Lord Jim”: Centennial Essays, edited with J. H. Stape. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000. Reprinted: 2003
  • Conrad between the Lines: Documents in a Life, edited with Gene M. Moore and J.H. Stape. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000
  • Editor. Joseph Conrad: The Nigger of the “Narcissus” Centennial Edition. London: Dent Everyman, 1997 

Chapters in books

  • Reading Heart of Darkness” in The New Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad, ed. J. H. Stape. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. pp. 15‒28.
  • “L’expérience maritime” In L’Herne Conrad, eds. Josiane Paccaud-Huguet et Claude Maisonnat. Paris: Editions de L’Herne 2014, pp. 24-28
  • “Conrad and Politics” in A Historical Guide to Joseph Conrad. Ed. John G. Peters. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. pp. 105-36.
  • Joseph Conrad in Context, ed. Allan H. Simmons. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009: ‘Critical Responses’ pp. 59-66; ‘Africa’ pp. 109-116; ‘Nationalism and Empire’ pp. 187-194; ‘Politics’ pp. 195-203.
  • “The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’: History, Narrative, and Nationalism” in Joseph Conrad: Voice, Sequence, History, Genre. Ed. Jakob Lothe, Jeremy Hawthorn, and James Phelan. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2008, pp. 141-159.
  • “Topography and Transformation: A Postcolonial Reading of Dubliners” in Joyce, Imperialism, and Postcolonialism. Ed. Leonard Orr. New York: Syracuse University Press, 2008, pp. 12-40.
  • “The ‘craftiest arrangement of words’: Lord Jim and the Art of Juxtaposition” in Lectures d’une oeuvre: Lord Jim de Joseph Conrad. Ed. Nathalie Martinière. Nantes: Editions du Temps, 2003, pp. 174-201.
  • “‘One of us’: Conrad and English Politics and Culture” in Conrad’s Europe. Ed. Andrzej Ciuk and Marcin Piechota. Opole: Yearbook of Conrad Studies, 2005, pp. 47-63.
  • “The Language of Atrocity: Representing the Congo of Conrad and Casement” in Conrad in Africa: New Essays on “Heart of Darkness.” Ed. Attie de Lange and Gail Fincham. New York: Columbia University Press: 2002, pp. 85-106 Reprinted in Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness “A Norton Critical Edition.”  Ed. Paul B. Armstrong. 4th edn. New York: W. W. Norton, 2006.
  • Various entries (approximately 40,000 words) in Oxford Reader’s Companion to Joseph Conrad. Ed. Owen Knowles and Gene M. Moore. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • “The Early Twentieth Century: Uniformity, Drudgery and Economics” in The Representation of Business in Literature. Ed. Professor Arthur Pollard. London: Institute of Economic Affairs, 2000, pp. 99-135.
  • “‘He was misleading’: Frustrated Gestures in Lord Jim” in “Lord Jim”: Centennial Essays. Ed. Allan H. Simmons and J. H. Stape. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000, pp. 31- 47.
  • “The History of Mr. Conrad’s Books” in Conrad between the Lines: Documents in a Life. Ed. Gene M. Moore, Allan H. Simmons, and J. H. Stape. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000, pp. 185-204. 
  • “Note Book of Joseph Conrad,” with J. H. Stape, in Conrad between the Lines: Documents in a Life. Ed. Gene M. Moore, Allan H. Simmons, and J. H. Stape. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000, pp. 205-244.
  • “The Later Novels: Chance (1913), The Arrow of Gold (1919), The Rescue (1920), The Rover (1923), and Suspense (1925)” in A Joseph Conrad Companion. Eds. Leonard Orr and Ted Billy. Westport, Connecticut and London: Greenwood Press, 1999, pp. 253-180.
  • “Conrad on James: Open-endedness and Artistic Affiliation” in Conrad, James and Other Relations. Ed. Keith Carabine, Owen Knowles and Paul Armstrong. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998, pp. 97-112.
  • “Cinematic Fidelities in The Rover and The Duellists” in Conrad on Film. Ed. Gene Moore. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997, pp. 120-134. 

Articles in journals

  • "Three New Conrad Letters: 1914, 1932, and 1924" with Owen Knowles, The Conradian 43.2 (Autumn 2018): 107--12.
  • “Four New Conrad Letters, 1900—1920” with Owen Knowles, The Conradian 42.1 (Spring 2017): 96–101.
  • “A New Letter to Geraldine Sanderson (1894)”, The Conradian 41.2 (Autumn 2016): 1–7.
  • “‘Three New Conrad Letters, 1899, 1910 and 1913”, with Owen Knowles, The Conradian 41.1 (Spring 2016): 115–21.
  • ‘Five New Conrad Letters, A Misdating Corrected and an Epistolary Spoof’ with Owen Knowles, The Conradian 40.1 (2015), 112‒120.
  • “Reclaiming Conrad from His Editors: The Case of An Outcast of the Islands”, Conradiana 45.1—2 (2014): 39–52.
  • “Three Unpublished Conrad Letters” with Owen Knowles, The Conradian 38.1 (2012), 164-166.
  • “Two Unpublished Conrad Letters: 1920 and 1921” with Owen Knowles. The Conradian 36.1 (2011), 89-93
  • “The Conrads in Brittany: Some Biographical Notes” with J. H. Stape. The Conradian 36.1 (2011), 70-79
  • “Conrad and the Duke of Sutherland.” The Conradian 35.1 (2010): 101–125
  • “Conrad to Hugh R. Dent: An Uncollected Letter of 1919” with J. H. Stape. The Conradian 34.2 (2009): 131-133.
  • “Tosca’s Kiss: Sardou, Puccini, and The Secret Agent,” with J. H. Stape. The Conradian 32.1 (2007): 104-116.
  • “The Art of Englishness: Identity and Representation in Conrad’s Early Career.” The Conradian 29.1 (2004): 1-27
  • “‘Something that hasn’t been knocking about’: A New Conrad Photograph.” The Conradian 27.1 (2002): 88-90.
  • “‘He was misleading’: Frustrated Gestures in Lord Jim.” The The Conradian 25.1 (2000):31-47.
  • “Representing ‘the simple and the voiceless’: Story-Telling in The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’.” The Conradian 24.1 (1999): 43-57.
  • “Tales that are all in the Telling: The BBC’s Nostromo.” The Financial Times: Weekend FT 1 February 1997, vii.
  • “Conflicting Impulses: Focalisation and the Presentation of Culture in Almayer’s Folly.” Conradiana 29.3 (1997): 163-172.
  • “Conrad and Poland: Identity and Displacement.” The Polish Review 41.1 (1995):29–38.
  • “Read books, repeat quotations”: A note on Conradian influences on Bob Dylan’s ‘Black Diamond Bay’.” The Conradian 20.1&2 (1995): 103-108.
  • “Under Western Eyes: The Ludic Text.” The Conradian 16:2 (1992): 18-37.
  • “The Subversion of Suspense in Almayer’s Folly.” The Conradian 14.1&2 (1989): 1-18. Reprinted in Joseph Conrad: Critical Assessments. Ed. Keith Carabine Robertsbridge, East Sussex: Helm, 1992.