Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: Text and Critical Introduction

This is the perfect edition for the student or general reader providing, in a single volume, a comprehensive analysis of "Heart of Darkness".
The book includes:

  • the full text together with guiding questions and detailed notes;
  • introductory chapters on the biographical, historical, philosophical and literary background;
  • a detailed commentary and an analysis of critical reaction to the text;
  • a full bibliography with a guide to further reading.

The author's aim is to meet the needs of students up to college level, of their teachers, and of the general reader who wishes to experience and enjoy one of the most important works of the twentieth century.

Preface
An Introduction to Heart of Darkness

  • Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)
  • The Colonial Exploitation of the Congo: A Brief Chronology
  • The Autobiographical Basis of Heart of Darkness
  • Crafting Personal Experience into Fiction
  • The Frame Story
  • Charlie Marlow
  • The End of the Age of Faith
  • Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud
  • Reading Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

  • Part I
  • Part II
  • Part III

A Critical Commentary on Heart of Darkness

  • The Perspective of the Frame Story
  • The Opening Description of the Thames Estuary
  • Marlow's Definition of Darkness
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • The Voyage Out
  • Up-river to the Outer Station
  • The Trek to the Central Station
  • The Central Station
  • Up-river to the Inner Station
  • The Attack
  • The Russian Sailor
  • Mr. Kurtz
  • The African Mistress
  • "'"Mistah Kurtz - he dead."'"
  • The Interview with the Intended
  • Return to the Frame Story

Critical Perspectives and a Reading of Heart of Darkness

  • Critical Reception
  • The Charge of Racism
  • The Feminist Perspective
  • Heart of Darkness and the Failure of Meaning
  • The Unreliable Narrator Revisited
  • Marlow and the Idea of Work
  • "'The horror! The horror!'"
  • The Significance of the Final Interview
  • The Frame Story Revisited

Conclusion
Guide to Further Reading
Bibliography
To the Reader