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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 18mm | 321g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 10 halftones & 1 map
  • 0195159969
  • 9780195159967
  • 891,819

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 Reading
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Moore has assembled something new and valuable, deliberately avoiding some of the usually anthologized material while pushing the boundaries of critical commentary.... Not only are all of the selected works provocative and substantive in their own way, each inviting us to reconsider the text's contexts and our own assumptions, so too the collection as a whole - by juxtaposing historical tidbit and serious study, theoretical meditation and comic relief - brims with a
life which will gratify the hungry curiosity of the general reader and prompt the more reticent student to exclaim, 'Cool!? * Joseph Conrad Today *
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About Gene M. Moore

Gene M. Moore is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Amsterdam.
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