Conrad in Africa: New Essays on Heart of Darkness

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A multidisciplinary and international collection of essays, this volume contains contributions by writers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, and South Africa. They employ a variety of methodological approaches, from detailed archival schoarship to theoretical perspectives on textuality and discursivity. Topics include the development of narrative voice in Heart of Darkness; the relationship between fictionality and missionary discourse; the notion of race in Conrad's work; and Heart of ...

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A multidisciplinary and international collection of essays, this volume contains contributions by writers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, and South Africa. They employ a variety of methodological approaches, from detailed archival schoarship to theoretical perspectives on textuality and discursivity. Topics include the development of narrative voice in Heart of Darkness; the relationship between fictionality and missionary discourse; the notion of race in Conrad's work; and Heart of Darkness in contemporary classroom practice in European and South African contexts.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780880339933
  • Publisher: East European Monographs
  • Publication date: 2/5/2003
  • Series: EEM Social Science Monographs Series
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.09 (d)

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Adriaan M. de Lange is professor of English at Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education in South Africa. Gail Fincham is a lecturer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

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Table of Contents

Attie de Lange: Introduction 1
Should We Read "Heart of Darkness?" 21
The Readability of Conrad's Legacy: Narrative, Semantic and Ethical Navigations into and out of "Heart of Darkness" 41
Three Voices of Conrad's Narrative Journey 67
The Language of Atrocity: Representing the Congo of Conrad and Casement 85
"A Troupe of Mimes": Conrad, Casement and the Politics of Identification 107
Joseph Conrad and General Booth's In Darkest England and The Way Out: Mapping the Discourses of England and Empire 129
"Mine is the Speech that cannot be Silenced": Confession and Testimony in "Heart of Darkness" 153
Alternative Narrative Modes for "Heart of Darkness" 177
Seductions of the Word: Conrad's Kurtz, Soyinka's Professor 195
"An Outpost of Progress": The Case of Henry Price 211
Becoming Other, or Not: Pre-Conradiana and Resistance to It in Southern Africa 233
The Violence of the Canons: A Comparison between Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" and Schreiner's Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland 253
"Race" and Reading: A Study of Psychoanalytic Criticisms of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" 271
The Rescue: Conrad, Achebe, and the Critics 299
Achebe and Conrad's "Heart of Darkness": A Reassessment of African Postcolonialism in the Era of the African Renaissance 313
Agency and Mediation in Two Discourses of Imperialism: "Heart of Darkness" and The Expedition to the Baobab Tree 331
Entering "Heart of Darkness" from a Post-colonial Perspective: Teaching Notes 355
Making Conrad Work: "Heart of Darkness," Teaching and Advocacy in Tertiary English Studies in South Africa 373
Straight from the Heart 397
Index of Non-Fictional Names 415
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