The Three Texts of Chance
This chapter looks at the genesis of Chance in greater detail. By studying three texts of Chance — manuscript, serial, published novel — one can gain a sense, not merely of the length of Conrad's commitment to the project, but also the nature of the experiment he engaged in. The history of Chance offers a paradigm for Conrad's artistic development from the early years of rites of passage narratives of an exclusively male discourse, through the responses to gender and genre in the late work, revealing a greater continuity in Conrad's career and establishing a serious alternative to the bifurcation of his fiction.
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