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Heart of Darkness: Passage to More Than Africa

  • D. C. R. A. Goonetilleke

Abstract

If the East stimulated Conrad, another undeveloped region of the world, Africa, shook him. He told Edward Garnett: ‘Before the Congo I was only a simple animal.’ 1 It is true that the physical disorders Conrad suffered during his Congo journey incapacitated him so that he was compelled to curtail his career as a seaman and, in part, confirmed him in his already emerging predilections to be a writer. But, obviously, the most important of the consequences, from a literary point of view, was the tremendous impact of the Congo on his imagination and, in particular, how it manifested itself in Heart of Darkness. It is a central text in any discussion of ‘Literature and Imperialism’ and the central text in regard to Africa. Conrad’s is ‘the dominant image of Africa in the Western imagination’.2

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. C. R. A. Goonetilleke
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KelaniyaSri Lanka

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