lecture 3 - Heart of Darkness Map of Africa Post-1885...

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Heart of Darkness: Map of Africa Post-1885: European powers decided they would divide Africa amongst themselves Conrad’s Steamer, the Roi des Belges: Careless navigation; difficult to navigate up river due to the condition of the area Slave laborers: Different slave laborers with their dead bodies Amputation of hands: Forced into the harvesting of oil, rubber 10 million people died If authority used their ammunition then they had to bring in someone’s hands as proof Themes: -Paradox of the title “heart of darkness” Claims man against it on the basis of racism can always be claimed on its text on its imperialism. -One of the projects of the novel is to deconstruct the binary opposition whiteness/blackness and wit it the whole project of colonialism and perhaps, too, the whole discourse of European enlightment. -the frame narrator contrasts marlow’s tales to thos of ordinary seamen. We might read this passage as heart of darness’ self referential commentary on the nature jof its own textuality -the reception of a text is never closed but might be altered by future events -suble, and not so suble, gradations of the violence of writing -narrative structure of heart of darkness
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