Conrad and the Idea of Empire

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The chapter discusses Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' in relation to the 'idea of empire' by attention to contemporary work in 'Blackwood's Magazine', Henry Stanley's 'In Darkest Africa' and William Booth's 'In Darkest England'. The chapter demonstrates Conrad's subversion of the tropes of imperial discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnder Postcolonial Eyes
Subtitle of host publicationJoseph Conrad After Empire
Place of PublicationCape town
PublisherUniversity of Cape Town Press
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Joseph Conrad
  • Heart of Darkness
  • Henry Morton Stanley
  • In Darkest Africa
  • Blackwood's Magazine
  • William Booth
  • In Darkest England
  • imperial discourse
  • Edward Said

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