Heart of Darkness – Ed. Goonetilleke – Second Edition
  • Publication Date: August 16, 1999
  • ISBN: 9781551113074 / 1551113074
  • 258 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Heart of Darkness – Ed. Goonetilleke – Second Edition

  • Publication Date: August 16, 1999
  • ISBN: 9781551113074 / 1551113074
  • 258 pages; 5½" x 8½"

The story of Marlow travelling upriver in central Africa to find Kurtz, an ivory agent as consumed by the horror of human life as he is by physical illness, has long been considered a classic, and continues to be widely read and studied.

This edition, edited by one of the leading figures in ‘the Conrad controversy,’ includes an introduction and explanatory notes, as well as a fascinating variety of contemporary documents that help to set this extraordinary work in the context of the period from which it emerged. The introduction and bibliography have been updated, and two new appendices have been added; the second of these is a selection of Alice Harris’s extraordinary but little-known photographs documenting the horrors of colonialism in turn-of-the-century Congo.

A companion website (Heart of Darkness: Online Theory and Criticism) offering a selection of over 30 key scholarly articles on the novel, background information on literary theory, and other helpful student resources, can be purchased separately by clicking here.


“Goonetilleke’s edition does much to restore the context [in which Conrad was writing] and begins with a helpful summary of Congo history. The edition contains excerpts from some of the best writers in English on conditions in the Congo Free State.” — The Times Literary Supplement

“This edition offers a bold and intelligent introduction to the book’s aesthetic and philosophical challenges, gives an excitingly useful chronology of the Congo with excerpts from Congo exploration literature, and deftly anticipates issues that discussion of the text will raise.” — David Leon Higdon, Conradiana

“Evenhanded … it connects Conrad palpably to the European colonization of the continent.” — Harper’s Magazine

“[This edition is] far better than anything else on the market today.” — Craig Keating, Langara College

Select Bibliography
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

D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke is a professor of English at the University of Kelanyia, Sri Lanka, and a former Chair of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. His other books include Joseph Conrad: Beyond Culture and Background (St. Martin’s Press, 1991), and Salman Rushdie (St. Martin’s Press, 1998).

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Online 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

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