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Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness: A Casebook (Casebooks in Criticism)

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  • Book title: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness: A Casebook (Casebooks in Criticism)
  • Category: Literature & Fiction
  • Subcategory: History & Criticism
  • ISBN: 0195159969
  • ISBN13: 978-0195159967
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Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad's fictional account of a journey up the Congo river in 1890, raises important questions about colonialism and narrative theory. This casebook contains materials relevant to a deeper understanding of the origins and reception of this controversial text, including Conrad's own story "An Outpost of Progress," together with a little-known memoir by one of Conrad's oldest English friends, a brief history of the Congo Free State by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and a parody of Conrad by Max Beerbohm. A wide range of theoretical approaches are also represented, examining Conrad's text in terms of cultural, historical, textual, stylistic, narratological, post-colonial, feminist, and reader-response criticism. The volume concludes with an interview in which Conrad compares his adventures on the Congo with Mark Twain's experiences as a Mississippi pilot.

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