Amar Acheraiou, ed. Joseph Conrad and  the Orient. East European Monographs, 2012.

"Joseph Conrad and the Orient explores  Conrad's perception and construction of the Orient in his Malay fiction.  While it entertains a sustained dialogue with past and recent studies of  Conrad's handling of colonial cross-cultural encounters, imperial ideology  and race politics, this collection of original essays continues the debates  on these key issues. The authors adopt a variety of critical and  methodological perspectives--socio-political, anthropological,  philosophical, postcolonial, poststructuralist, historical, and  linguistic--in order to investigate the richness, complexity and  multi-dimensional character of Conrad's work. Overall, these approaches seek  to enlighten Conrad's deep engagement with the East, not only as a crucial  source of fictional material, but also as a polyphonic discursive space, a  cultural and racial Other, an ideological construct, and a site of Western  struggle for global commercial hegemony and native anti-colonial  resistance."

Brian Artese. Testimony on Trial: Conrad, James, and the Contest for  Modernism. University of Toronto Press, 2012.

"Who is a more authoritative source of information--the person who  experiences it firsthand, or a more 'impartial' authority? In the late  nineteenth century, testimony became a common feature of literary works both  fact and fiction. But with the rise of new journalism, the power of  testimony could be undermined by anonymous, institutional voices--a  Victorian subversion which continues to this day. Testimony on Trial examines the conflicts over testimony through the eyes of two of its major  combatants, Joseph Conrad and Henry James. Brian Artese finds a direct  inspiration for "Heart of Darkness" in the anti-testimonial scheming of  Henry Morton Stanley and the New York Herald. Through readings of  works including Lord Jim and The Portrait of a Lady, Artese  seeks to demonstrate how the cultural conditions that worked against  testimony fed into a nascent conflict about the meaning of modernism  itself."

Robert Hampson. Conrad’s Secrets. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

"Conrad’s Secrets explores various secrets relevant to Conrad’s  fiction--trade secrets, sexual secrets, urban secrets, medical secrets and  naval secrets. It seeks to recovers lost or less familiar areas of knowledge  as necessary contexts for that fiction--Malay trade, Victorian anarchism,  policing in Victorian London, financial and sexual scandals, for  example--and attempts to show how these form part of the texture of Conrad’s  work. Conrad’s Secrets advocates and enacts an historical formalist  approach that, among other things, looks to show how Conrad’s Malay tales  are differentiated from adventure romance; that seeks to throw a new light  on Conrad’s use of Marlow as narrator; that attempts to provide a thickly  contextualized reading of The Secret Agent; and tries to recover a  neglected aspect of Conrad’s writing career--as a writer of World War I  fiction."

Nidesh Lawtoo, ed. Conrad's 'Heart of  Darkness' and Contemporary Thought Revisiting the Horror with  Lacoue-Labarthe. Continuum, 2012.

"With its innovative narrative structure and its controversial  explorations of race, gender and empire, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of  Darkness is a landmark of 20th century literature. This book brings  together leading scholars to explore the full range of contemporary  philosophical and critical responses to the text. Conrad’s Heart of  Darkness and Contemporary Thought includes the first publication in  English of philosopher Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe’s essay, 'The Horror of the  West', described by J. Hillis Miller as 'a major essay on Conrad’s novel.  One of the best ever written.' In the company of Lacoue-Labarthe, leading  scholars explore new readings of Conrad’s text from a multiplicity of  theoretical perspectives, including deconstructive, psychoanalytic and  postcolonial approaches"

Allan H. Simmons, et al., eds. Joseph Conrad: Contemporary Reviews. 4 vols. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

“Joseph Conrad: Contemporary Reviews looks to fill a significant void in Conrad scholarship.  A resource both to Conrad specialists and to students of literary  Modernism, this four-volume collection seeks to provide as complete as  possible a view of the contemporary reception of the writer's works in  the English-speaking world. The reviews cover all of Conrad's writings  from Almayer's Folly (1895) to the posthumously published Last Essays (1926). The volumes also take into their purview the collaborations  with Ford Madox Ford. Found here are evaluations by journalists as well  as by creative writers, the latter including H. G. Wells, Katherine  Mansfield, Walter de la Mare and Virginia Woolf. The volumes offer  insights into early twentieth-century reviewing practices, the marketing of 'literary' fiction and the wide interest in such writing, as reviews of Conrad's work regularly appeared in provincial and colonial  newspapers.”