Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"

Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" : A Casebook

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Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad's fictional account of a journey up the Congo river in 1890, raises important questions about colonialism and narrative theory. This casebook contains materials relevant to a deeper understanding of the origins and reception of this controversial text, including Conrad's own story 'An Outpost of Progress', together with a little-known memoir by one of Conrad's oldest English friends, a brief history of the Congo Free State by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and a parody of Conrad by Max Beerbohm. A wide range of theoretical approaches are also represented, examining Conrad's text in terms of cultural, historical, textual, stylistic, narratological, post-colonial, feminist, and reader-response criticism. The volume concludes with an interview in which Conrad compares his adventures on the Congo with Mark Twain's experiences as a Mississippi pilot.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 161.5 x 205.2 x 24.6mm | 412.78g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 10 halftones & 1 map
  • 0195159950
  • 9780195159950

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. An Outpost of Progress; 2. Victorians and Africans: The Genealogy of the Myth of the Dark Continent; 3. From The Crime of the Congo; 4. Joseph Conrad's First Cruise in the Nellie; 5. To the End of the Night; 6. The Typescript of 'The Heart of Darkness'; 7. The Feast, by J*s*ph C*nr*d; 8. Conrad's Impressionism; 9. Narratological Parallels in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now; 10. The Exclusion of the Intended from Secret Sharing in Conrad's Heart of Darkness; 11. Heart of Darkness Revisited: The African Response; 12. Jungle Fever; 13. A Chat with Joseph Conrad; Suggested Readingshow more

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