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Heart of Darkness: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series / Edition 3

Heart of Darkness: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series / Edition 3

by Joseph Conrad, Ross C. MurfinJoseph Conrad
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Complete with documents putting this classic novel into historical context and critical essays that take several contemporary critical perspectives, this version of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness with a variety of suppporting resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312457532
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 12/29/2010
Series: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 255,607
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) grew up amid political unrest in Russian-occupied Poland. After twenty years at sea with the French and British merchant navies, he settled in England in 1894. Over the next three decades he revolutionized the English novel with books such as Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent, and especially Heart of Darkness, his best-known and most influential work.

Date of Birth:

December 3, 1857

Date of Death:

August 3, 1924

Place of Birth:

Berdiczew, Podolia, Russia

Place of Death:

Bishopsbourne, Kent, England


Tutored in Switzerland. Self-taught in classical literature. Attended maritime school in Marseilles, France

Table of Contents

Part One: Heart of Darkness: The Complete Text
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts
The Complete Text 
*Part Two: Heart of Darkness in Cultural Context
Contextual Documents and Illustrations

Part Three: Heart of Darkness: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism
A Critical History of Heart of Darkness
Feminist and Gender Criticism and Heart of Darkness
     JOHANNA M. SMITH, “Too Beautiful Altogether”:  Ideologies of Gender and Empire in Heart of Darkness 
Deconstruction and Heart of Darkness  
     J. HILLIS MILLER, Heart of Darkness Revisited 
The New Historicism and Heart of Darkness
     BROOK THOMAS, Preserving and Keeping Order by Killing Time in Heart of Darkness 
Postcolonial Criticism and Heart of Darkness  
     PATRICK BRANTLINGER, Heart of Darkness: Anti-Imperialism, Racism, or Impressionism?
*Combining Postcolonial, Feminist, and Gender Criticism with Queer Theory
     *GABRELLE McINTIRE, The Women Do Not Travel: Gender, Difference, and Incommensurability in Conrad's Heart of Darkness 
*Combining the New Historicism and Postcolonial Criticism with Psychoanalytic Criticism
     *TONY C. BROWN, Cultural Psychosis on the Frontier: The Work of the Darkness in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness 
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms  


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