Heart of Darkness, with Online Theory and Criticism Passcode
  • Publication Date: September 16, 2015
  • ISBN: 9781554812608 / 1554812607
  • 258 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Heart of Darkness, with Online Theory and Criticism Passcode

  • Publication Date: September 16, 2015
  • ISBN: 9781554812608 / 1554812607
  • 258 pages; 5½" x 8½"

This page offers a package combining the Broadview Edition of Heart of Darkness with a passcode to a website containing a range of theory and criticism about the novel. Both the passcode and the Broadview Edition of the novel can also be purchased separately.

Broadview’s Online Theory and Criticism augment the outstanding selection of historical materials included in the Broadview Edition of Heart of Darkness by providing a wide selection of more recent articles and other resources specifically oriented to the study of Heart of Darkness using critical theory. The Online Theory and Criticism supplement to the novel is thus perfectly suited to courses emphasizing theoretical approaches. Though the site can be purchased independently and used with any text of Heart of Darkness, this package offers the Broadview Edition of the text (which also includes an introduction and historical contextual materials) together with the Online Theory and Criticism passcode at a discounted price.

Because Broadview’s Online Theory and Criticism appears on the web, we are able to offer a breadth and depth of material that would be unwieldy in a print book. A selection of thirteen articles offers a wide representation of critical approaches to Heart of Darkness, including important postcolonial, feminist, queer, and ecocritical readings as well as readings that focus on the novella’s philosophical underpinnings and its approach to language. Alongside these articles specific to Heart of Darkness, the site also features foundational writings by key figures in literary theory, from Freud to Derrida. Every article is supplemented with discussion questions and a list of “Connections” guiding students to related material on the site; for students approaching literary theory for the first time, a series of brief introductions to common critical approaches to literature offers additional guidance.


“Broadview’s Online Critical Edition of Heart of Darkness 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 Critical Edition of 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

Bound Book

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Joseph Conrad: A Brief Chronology
A Congo Chronology
A Note on the Text
Author’s Note (Preface to the 1923 edition of Youth: A Narrative and Two Other Stories)

Heart of Darkness

Appendix A: Comments by Conrad

  1. Conrad, from “Geography and Some Explorers”
  2. From Conrad’s Congo Diary
  3. Letter to Madame Poradowska
  4. Conversations with Conrad as recollected by Edward Garnett
  5. Letter to William Blackwood, (31 December 1898)
  6. Letter to R.B. Cunninghame Graham, (8 February 1899)
  7. Letter to William Blackwood, (31 May 1902)
  8. Letter to Elsie Hueffer, (3 December 1902)
  9. Letter to Edward Garnett, (22 December 1902)

Appendix B: Contemporary Reviews of Heart of Darkness

  1. Edward Garnett, Unsigned review from Academy and Literature, (6 December 1902)
  2. Hugh Clifford, “The Art of Mr. Joseph Conrad” from The Spectator, (29 November 1902)
  3. Unsigned review, “Mr. Conrad’s New Book” from Manchester Guardian, (10 December 1902)
  4. Unsigned review, “Youth” from The Times Literary Supplement, (12 December 1902)
  5. Unsigned review, from Athenaeum, (20 December 1902)
  6. Unsigned review, “Some Stories by Joseph Conrad” from New York Times Saturday Review of Books and Art, (4 April 1903)
  7. Unsigned review, from The Monthly Review, (7 April 1903)

Appendix C: Historical Documents

  1. Henry M. Stanley Finding Livingstone
  2. Excerpts from Stanley’s Diaries: The Second Central African Expedition, 1874-1877
  3. Excerpts from the Diaries of William G. Stairs: The “Emin Pasha” Congo Expedition with Stanley
  4. Stanley on the Congo
  5. Stanley on his Career
  6. Advertising Announcement
  7. Henry Morton Stanley, speech on being given the freedom of the city of Swansea
  8. Stanley, speech at a dinner given in his honour by the Lotos Club in New York on 27 November 1886
  9. Cecil Rhodes, from speech on 18 July 1899 at Cape Town
  10. Joseph Chamberlain, from speech on 11 November 1895
  11. W.M. Thackeray on the Race Question
  12. D. Crawford, F.R.G.S. (Konga Vantu)
  13. From Benjamin Kidd
  14. From Roger Casement’s Congo Report
  15. E.D. Morel on Belgian Colonialism in the Congo
  16. Mark Twain on King Leopold
  17. Letter from George Gissing to his brother Algernon, (23 January 1885)
  18. Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745-97): Benin in Pre-Colonial Times
  19. Commander R.H. Bacon, Intelligence Officer to the Benin Expedition
  20. Captain Alan Boisragon, One of the Two Survivors, Commandant of the Niger Coast Protectorate Force

Appendix D: Major Textual Changes

Appendix E: Illustrations

Appendix F: The Photographs of Alice Harris

Appendix G: Map of the Congo

Works Cited and Recommended Reading

Web Contents

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

The Online Theory and Criticism site has foundational articles by key figures in literary theory which can be applied to the study of the novel. It also features discussion questions for each article, brief introductions to common critical approaches to literature, and a collection of pertinent visual materials. An access code to the website is included with all new copies. If you purchased a used copy or are missing your passcode for this site, please click here to purchase a code online.