Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness: A Casebook

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Gene M. Moore
Oxford University Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 279 pages
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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Contents

Introduction
3
An Outpost of Progress
17
The Genealogy of the Myth of the Dark Continent
43
From The Crime of the Congo
89
Joseph Conrads First Cruise in the Nellie
111
To the End of the Night
125
The Typescript of The Heart of Darkness
153
The Feast by Jsph Cnrd
165
Conrads Impressionism
169
Narratological Parallels in Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness and Francis Ford Coppolas Apocalypse Now
183
The Exclusion of the Intended from Secret Sharing in Conrads Heart of Darkness
197
The African Response
219
Jungle Fever
243
A Chat with Joseph Conrad
267
Suggested Reading
277
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Gene M. Moore is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Amsterdam.

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