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Full Text PDF: Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad via American University of Beirut
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Loudlit.org Heart of Darkness This offers a read along version as well as streaming or downloading of sections.
Books: The following books on Joseph Conrad and The Heart of Darkness are avialable in the Jamestown Library:
Heart of darkness : search for the unconscious Call #: 823.91 ADE Adelman, Gary. Series: Twayne’s masterwork studies ; no. 5 Published 1987
Helpful Background: Imperialism is a central theme in Heart of Darkness. John Green provides a good overview in this video.
King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa: This book is widely recognized as establishing that the character of Kurtz was based on several actual people.
- Is Heart of Darkness a racist text?
- Does man control his own destiny?
- How do the characters reflect the society in which they live?
- What do these characters’ decisions and actions say about human nature and how we respond to our environment?
- What makes us human?
- What does it mean to act humanely?
- Are we required to act when we see other human beings treated inhumanely, and if so, do the times and culture we live in negate that obligation or excuse our failure to do so?
Achebe, Chinua. “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness'” Massachusetts Review. 18. 1977. Rpt. in Heart of Darkness, An Authoritative Text, background and Sources Criticism. 1961. 3rd ed. Ed. Robert Kimbrough, London: W. W Norton and Co., 1988, pp.251-261
Heart of Darkness and Late-Victorian Fascination with the Primitive and the Double. Samir Elbarbary
Twentieth Century Literature Vol. 39, No. 1 (Spring, 1993), pp. 113-12
The Frontier on Which Heart of Darkness Stands. Wilson Harris. Research in African Literatures. Vol. 12, No. 1, Special Issue on Chinua Achebe (Spring, 1981), pp. 86-93
Envisioning Africa: Racism and Imperialism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Peter Edgley Firchow
Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad. J. H. Stape