Heart of Darkness | Critical Essay by Tony C. Brown

This literature criticism consists of approximately 25 pages of analysis & critique of Heart of Darkness.
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Critical Essay by Tony C. Brown

SOURCE: Brown, Tony C. “Cultural Psychosis on the Frontier: The Work of the Darkness in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.Studies in the Novel 32, no. 1 (spring 2000): 14-28.

In the following essay, Brown maintains that the darkness in Heart of Darkness produces a larger “cultural psychosis.”

Therein consists the most elementary formal definition of psychosis: the massive presence of some real that fills out and blocks the perspective openness which is constitutive of “reality.”

—Slavoj ˘Zi˘zek, “Grimaces of the Real”1

Heart of Darkness has perversely proved a central document in postcolonial discourse. As Homi K. Bhabha puts it, “the long shadow of Conrad's Heart of Darkness falls on so many texts of the postcolonial pedagogy...

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