Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness

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Spanning an impressive range of interpretations, the critical works in this collection analyze the complex narrative technique of Heart Of Darkness while exploring its evocation of myth, philosophy, and politics, its attitudes to empire, its images of Africa, and its representations of women. Examining secondary sources from the 1900s to the 1990s, this Guide is an indispensable resource for the study of one of Conrad's most potent works.

Columbia University Press

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This guide traces the critical history of , beginning with an introduction to Joseph Conrad's life and the growth of the book's reputation in the earliest part of the century. Tredell (American and English literature, Sussex U.) then examines four major readings from the 1960s when was at its height of critical popularity, followed by examples of the challenges and criticisms of the book's themes in the 1970s and 1980s. Critical themes explored include imperialism, racism, feminism, narrative style, and symbolism. Paper edition (unseen), $14.50. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231119238
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/16/1999
  • Series: Columbia Critical Guides Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,515,733
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.68 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicolas Tredell teaches at the University of Sussex.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Ch. 1 Mistah Kurtz - he very much alive: The Rise of 'Heart of Darkness', 1899-1959 11
Ch. 2 Metaphysics, Politics and a Hole in a Pail: 'Heart of Darkness' in the 1960s 40
Ch. 3 Things Fall Apart: Challenges to 'Heart of Darkness' in the 1970s 71
Ch. 4 New Maps of Hell: Rereading 'Heart of Darkness' in the 1980s 104
Ch. 5 Metonymy, Neo-imperialism and a Biscuit-tin: Fresh Paths in 'Heart of Darkness' Criticism in the 1990s 140
Notes 162
Select Bibliography 176
Index 188
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