Heart of Darkness: Online Theory and Criticism Passcode
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Heart of Darkness: Online Theory and Criticism Passcode

  • 9781554812936 / 1554812933

Please note that, as of January 1st, 2021, Heart of Darkness: Online Theory and Criticism will no longer be updated and select readings with limited terms of use will be removed from the site as those terms expire. Those who have purchased access prior to this date can continue to access the website on an “as is” basis.

This page offers access to the website Heart of Darkness: Online Theory and Criticism, which does not include the text of the novel itself. Broadview offers two different editions of Heart of Darkness, both of which include the novel along with an introduction and contextual materials. Please click here for the edition edited by D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke, and click here for the edition edited by John Peters. The Online Theory and Criticism website provides a selection of over 30 scholarly articles alongside other resources specifically oriented to the study of Heart of Darkness, including:

  • — A broad range of critical readings of Heart of Darkness, including important postcolonial, feminist, queer, and ecocritical readings
  • — Relevant foundational articles by key figures in theory from Freud to Sedgwick
  • — Discussion questions for each article on the site
  • — Brief introductions to common critical approaches to literature
  • — A collection of pertinent visual materials

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Comments on Heart of Darkness: Online Theory and Criticism:

“[This website] will provide useful resources for teaching Conrad’s challenging and controversial novel. The Critical Articles provided with detailed Discussion Questions will be particularly helpful for introducing students to literary criticism and teaching them to write essays responding to an ongoing critical conversation.” — Carrie J. Preston, Boston University

“[The Online Theory and Criticism for Heart of Darkness] will offer instructors and students greater access to the range of critical, theoretical, and historical texts and documents in order to deepen engagement with Conrad’s text. […] The website also makes it possible to place the critical texts within the theoretical contexts. I especially appreciate the ecocritical essay by Jeffrey McCarthy and the theoretical descriptions of Ecocriticism and Affect Theory.” — Mark Patterson, University of Washington

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Articles on Heart of Darkness

  1. Albert Guerard, from “The Journey Within”
  2. James Guetti, from “‘Heart of Darkness’ and the Failure of the Imagination”
  3. Chinua Achebe, from “An Image of Africa”
  4. Ian Watt, from Conrad in the Nineteenth Century
  5. Garrett Stewart, from “Lying as Dying in Heart of Darkness
  6. Peter Brooks, from “An Unreadable Report: Conrad’s Heart of Darkness
  7. J. Hillis Miller, from “Heart of Darkness Revisited”
  8. Patrick Brantlinger, from “‘Darkness’ and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness
  9. Marianna Torgovnick, from “Traveling with Conrad”
  10. Marianne DeKoven, from “The Vaginal Passage: Heart of Darkness and The Voyage Out” Edward Said, from “Two Visions in Heart of Darkness
  11. Richard J. Ruppel, “‘Girl! What? Did I Mention a Girl?’: The Economy of Desire in Heart of Darkness
  12. Jeffrey Mathes McCarthy, from “‘A choice of nightmares’: The Ecology of Heart of Darkness

Foundational Theory Articles

  1. Ecocriticism and Environmental Criticism
    1. Lawrence Buell, from The Environmental Imagination: Thoreau, Nature Writing, and the Formation of American Culture
    2. Ursula K. Heise, from Sense of Place and Sense of Planet
  2. Feminism and Queer Theory
    1. Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, from “The Queen’s Looking Glass: Female Creativity, Male Images of Women, and the Metaphor of Literary Paternity”
    2. Michel Foucault, “The Perverse Implantation”
    3. Judith Butler, from “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution”
    4. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, from Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire
  3. Marxism
    1. Karl Marx, from The Communist Manifesto
    2. Karl Marx, from Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts
  4. Narratology
    1. Gérard Genette, from Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method
  5. New Criticism
    1. W.K. Wimsatt, Jr. and M.C. Beardsley, “The Intentional Fallacy”
    2. Cleanth Brooks, “The Formalist Critics”
  6. Postcolonial Theory
    1. Edward Said, from Orientalism
    2. Homi Bhabha, from “Signs Taken for Wonders: Questions of Ambivalence and Authority under a Tree Outside Dehli, May 1817”
  7. Poststructuralism
    1. Jacques Derrida, from “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences”
  8. Psychoanalytic Theory
    1. Sigmund Freud, from “The Material and Sources of Dreams”
    2. Sigmund Freud, from The Ego and the Id
  9. Semiotics
    1. Ferdinand de Saussure, from Course in General Linguistics
  10. Theory and the Gothic
    1. Sigmund Freud, from “The Uncanny”
    2. J.J. Cohen, from “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)”
    3. Julia Kristeva, from Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection

Introduction to Theory

  1. Affect Theory
  2. Animal Studies
  3. Cultural Materialism
  4. Deconstruction
  5. Ecocriticism
  6. Feminist and Gender-Based Criticism and Theory
  7. Formalism, New Formalism, and New Criticism
  8. Historicism and New Historicism
  9. Marxist Theory and Criticism
  10. Mythopoeic Theory and Criticism
  11. Narratology and Narrative Theory
  12. Postcolonial Theory
  13. Print Culture and History of the Book
  14. Psychoanalytic Criticism
  15. Queer Theory
  16. Reader Response Theory
  17. Structuralism and Poststructuralism

Visual Material

  1. The Congo and Its Colonization
  2. Images from Vingt années de Vie africaine
  3. Illustrations of Heart of Darkness