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Joseph Conrad's Heart of darkness : a casebook

By: Moore, Gene M. (Senior Lecturer in English, Senior Lecturer in English, University of Amsterdam)(Edited by)

Part of the Casebooks in criticism series
0195159969 / 9780195159967
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21 cm 288 p.
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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.


1DVP Poland, 2AB English, DSBH Literary studies: from c 1900 -, DSK Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers

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