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Heart of Darkness

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ISBN-10: 0312114915

ISBN-13: 9780312114916

Edition: 2nd 1996

Authors: Ross C. Murfin, Joseph Conrad

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Adopted at more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Bedford/St. Martin's innovative Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series has introduced more than a quarter of a million students to literary theory and earned enthusiastic praise nationwide. Along with an authoritative text of a major literary work, each volume presents critical essays, selected or prepared especially for students, that approach the work from several contemporary critical perspectives, such as gender criticism and cultural studies. Each essay is accompanied by an introduction (with bibliography) to the history, principles, and practice of its critical perspective. Every volume also surveys the biographical, historical, and critical contexts of the literary work and concludes with a glossary of critical terms. New editions reprint cultural documents that contextualize the literary works and feature essays that show how critical perspectives can be combined.
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List price: $12.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 2/15/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 315
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Joseph Conrad is recognized as one of the 20th century's greatest English language novelists. He was born Jozef Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski on December 3, 1857, in the Polish Ukraine. His father, a writer and translator, was from Polish nobility, but political activity against Russian oppression led to his exile. Conrad was orphaned at a young age and subsequently raised by his uncle. At 17 he went to sea, an experience that shaped the bleak view of human nature which he expressed in his fiction. In such works as Lord Jim (1900), Youth (1902), and Nostromo (1904), Conrad depicts individuals thrust by circumstances beyond their control into moral and emotional dilemmas. His novel Heart of Darkness (1902), perhaps his best known and most influential work, narrates a literal journey to the center of the African jungle. This novel inspired the acclaimed motion picture Apocalypse Now. After the publication of his first novel, Almayer's Folly (1895), Conrad gave up the sea. He produced thirteen novels, two volumes of memoirs, and twenty-eight short stories. He died on August 3, 1924, in England.

About the Series
About This Volume
Heart of Darkness: The Complete Text
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts
The Complete Text [1921 Heinemann Edition]
Heart of Darkness: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism
A Critical History of Heart of Darkness
Reader-Response Criticism and Heart of Darkness
What Is Reading-Response Criticism?
Reader-Response Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Reader-Response Perspective:
Reader Response, Reader Responsibility: Heart of Darkness and the Politics of Displacement
Feminist and Gender Criticism and Heart of Darkness
What Are Feminist and Gender Criticism?
Feminist and Gender Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Feminist and Gender Perspective:
"Too Beautiful Altogether": Ideologies of Gender and Empire in Heart of Darkness
Deconstruction and Heart of Darkness
What Is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction: A Selected Bibliography
A Deconstructive Perspective
Heart of Darkness Revisited
New Historicism and Heart of Darkness
What Is New Historicism?
New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography
A New Historicist Perspective:
Preserving and Keeping Order by Killing Time in Heart of Darkness
Cultural Criticism and Heart of Darkness
What is Cultural Criticism?
Cultural Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Cultural Perspective:
Heart of Darkness: Anti-Imperialism, Racism, or Impressionism?
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms
About the Contributors