Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"

Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"

Paperback Continuum Reader's Guides (Paperback)

By (author) Allan Simmons

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 214mm x 16mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 14 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0826489346
  • ISBN 13: 9780826489340
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 229,923

Product description

"Reader's Guides" provide a comprehensive starting point for any advanced student, giving an overview of the context, criticism and influence of key works. Each guide also offers students fresh critical insights and provides a practical introduction to close reading and to analysing literary language and form. They provide up-to-date, authoritative but accessible guides to the most commonly studied classic texts. Joseph Conrad's novella, "Heart of Darkness" (1902), is a key text in the development of modernism and one of the most important literary works of the early twentieth century. This guide provides an invaluable introduction to reading Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" and includes sections on its contexts, language and style, critical reception and literary and film adaptations, including Coppola's "Apocalypse Now", and finally an annotated guide to further reading.

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Author information

Allan Simmons is Senior Lecturer in English at St. Mary's College, University of Surrey, UK. He is General Editor of The Conradian (Rodopi).

Review quote

"An overview of the novel Heart of Darkness joins others in Continuum's 'Character Studies' series and offers discussions of the narrative structure and narrators key to the text's reading. High school to college-level students of Conrad will find this a powerful exploration of the themes and ideas of this classic text, and a 'must' for comprehensive study." -The Literary Shelf (Bookwatch), January 2009

Table of contents

1. Contexts; 2. Language, Style and Form; 3. Reading Heart of Darkness; 4. Critical Reception and Publishing History; 5. Adaptation, interpretation and influence; 6. Guide to Further Reading; Index.