This volume presents the text of the 1921 Heinemann edition of Conrad's classic short novel along with documents that place the work in historical context and critical essays that read Heart of Darkness from several contemporary critical perspectives. The text and essays are complemented by biographical and critical introductions, bibliographies, and a glossary of critical and theoretical terms.
In this third edition, the section of cultural documents and illustrations is entirely new, as are two recent exemplary critical essays by Gabrielle McIntire and Tony C. Brown that synthesize a variety of current critical approaches.
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
Education: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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One of the great, if troubling, visionary works of Western civilization.