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In Conrad's haunting tale, Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the enigmatic Kurtz. Travelling to the heart of the African continent, he discovers how Kurtz has gained his position of power and influence over the local people. Marlow's struggle to fathom his experience involves him in a radical questioning of not only his own nature and values but the nature and values of his society.
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In Conrad's haunting tale, Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the enigmatic Kurtz. Travelling to the heart of the African continent, he discovers how Kurtz has gained his position of power and influence over the local people. Marlow's struggle to fathom his experience involves him in a radical questioning of not only his own nature and values but the nature and values of his society.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140186529
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Volume
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts 3
The Complete Text 17
A Critical History of Heart of Darkness 99
Reader-Response Criticism and Heart of Darkness 115
A Reader-Response Perspective: Heart of Darkness and the Politics of Displacement 131
Feminist and Gender Criticism and Heart of Darkness 148
A Feminist and Gender Perspective: "Too Beautiful Altogether": Ideologies of Gender and Empire in Heart of Darkness 169
Deconstruction and Heart of Darkness 185
A Deconstructive Perspective: Heart of Darkness Revisited 206
The New Historicism and Heart of Darkness 221
A New Historicist Perspective: Preserving and Keeping Order by Killing Time in Heart of Darkness 239
Cultural Criticism and Heart of Darkness 258
A Cultural Perspective: Heart of Darkness: Anti-Imperialism, Racism, or Impressionism? 277
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms 299
About the Contributors 313
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2000

    No Patience for Conrad

    Before deciding to read Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness I heard nothing but wonderful things. It was an exciting fascinating book that was a must read. Unfortunately I did not feel it was any of these things. Btween the narrator of Marlow and the story of this adventures in the Congo with the mystery of Kurtz, I could not make sense of it. I read the first thirty pages and kept thinking it would get better, but alas it did not. As I continued to read it seemed to get more confusing and it was hard for me to make heads or tails of what was happening and who was saying what. The length of the paragraphs was a bit too long and it was hard to distinguish between events. I will say though that I did enjoy a lot of the wording that Conrad used. He has a very unique way of expressing ideas and certain situations in the book. When speaking of simple things he has a great sense of reality and frankness. He can make such things such as work and language seem more colorful than the average author. I am by no means saying that this is a terrible book. The writing has its own unique style and is challenging to the reader. A person has to take more care in reading this novella in comparison to other books. There is a lot more meaning behind the words than one would think. I just did not have the patience to read this complex story, at least not at this time in my life. I would recommend it though to thos

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2000

    classic

    Like many of Conrad's writings, this is a work of genius, exploring the relationship between mankind and what the world knows as 'civilization,' which to Conrad is merely an arranged reality to which a given majority conform for the sake of functioning as a group. Innately, according to Conrad, man is not a 'civilized' being but only accepts the fantasy that he is. In the story, the character of Kurtz is meant to demonstrate that.

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