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Title: Conrad


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Conrads Heart of Darkness
  • Africa, Imperialism, and Conquest

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Joseph Conrad
  • Born 1857 in Russian-occupied Poland
  • Patriot father family exiled in 1862
  • Both parents dead of illness by 1869
  • Conservative uncle took him in

3
Conrad (Continued)
  • Joined French Merchant Marines in 1874 at age 16
  • Kicked out due to nationality suicide attempt
  • Joined British Merchant Marines in 1878
  • Left the sea, began writing in 1894
  • Died in 1924
  • Buried in Canterbury

4
Real Life vs. Fiction
  • Conrad's personal crisis mirrors collective
    crisis
  • 1889-90 Conrad goes to Congo captains river
    steamboat to retrieve Klein
  • Trauma illness haunt him the rest of his life
  • HOD Marlow goes to Congo and captains river
    steamboat to retrieve Kurtz
  • Traumatized for life

5
Africa and Imperialism
6
The People of the Congo
7
Africa the heart of darkness?
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Africa the heart of darkness?
9
Modernist Literature Style
  • "Narrative frame" - narrator tells story of
    another character telling a story
  • Marlows 1st-person narration limited
    omniscient not all-knowing introspective,
    discontinuous, fragmented, suggestive/evocative,
    a-rational connections
  • Interior monologue, stream of consciousness,"
    flash-forward/ flash-back
  • Associative (vs. linear) logic intertwines
    present awareness memory

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