Cook, Conrad and the Poetics of Error


  • Brendan Casey University of Melbourne


Joseph Conrad, James Cook, Endeavour, cartography


Abstract: This essay recounts Joseph Conrad’s voyage up the east-coast of Australia in 1888, an event which I term the author’s ‘Endeavour re-enactment’. It describes the author’s relationship to Captain James Cook, and the implications of his visit for Australian history.

Author Biography

Brendan Casey, University of Melbourne

Brendan Casey is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne and the scholarly editor of Cordite Poetry Review.


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