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Author: Joseph Conrad,Ross C. Murfin
ISBN13: 978-0333575598
Title: Heart of Darkness (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism)
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Language: English
Category: Humanities
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (February 28, 1992)
Pages: 280

Heart of Darkness (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism) by Joseph Conrad,Ross C. Murfin

Series: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism. Paperback: 400 pages. Publisher: Bedford/St. In this book, it was explained how Joseph Conrad witnessed and corroborated the widespread atrocities the Belgian (and other European and American commissioners) committed on a routine basis. For me, that gave this book added impact - but it's also interesting to note that this story was used as the basic storyline for the film Apocalypse Now.

Volumes in the Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism series provide college students with an entree into the current critical and theoretical ferment in literary studies.

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

Heart of Darkness (Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism). Author: Joseph Conrad. Full text of the article, 'Heart of Darkness. Joseph Conrad : Heart of Darkness. Part I; Part II; Part III.

I'd rather dream a novel than write it," Conrad told a correspondent in 1907, "for the dream of the work is always much more lovely than the reality of the thing in print. When he wrote this Conrad had produced most-some would say all-of his finest fiction.

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Case studies in contemporary criticism. Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references. Personal Name: Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924. Geographic Name: Africa Fiction. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book Heart of darkness : complete, authoritative text with biographical, historical, and cultural contexts, critical history, and essays from contemporary critical perspectives.

Murfin, . Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism: Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness. Brantlinger, . Heart of Darkness: Anti-Imperialism, Racism, or Impressionism? Cox, C. Conrad: Heart of Darkness, Nostromo and Under Western Eyes. The Macmillan Press LTD: London. Dean, F. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Prentice-Hall, In. USA.

Murfin, Ross . ‘Heart of Darkness’: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism (Boston, MA: Bedford Books, 1989; 2nd edn 1996). Tredell, Nicolas, e. Joseph Conrad: ‘Heart of Darkness’, Icon Critical Guides (Cambridge: Icon Books, 1998). Watts, Cedric, Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’: A Critical and Contextual Discussion (Milan: Mursia International, 1977). Conrad composed Heart of Darkness during the period from mid-December 1898 to early February 1899 for the thousandth issue of Blackwood’s Magazine. A nearly complete manuscript is held at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, and a portion of revised typescript in the Berg Collection, New York Public Library.

This edition of Conrad's short novel presents an authoritative text as well as essays by a variety of critical theorists including Frederick Karl and Adena Rosmarin. Each essay interprets "Heart of Darkness" for a student audience.
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Amazon lumps different translations together as merely variations on how the book is delivered. In this case, the Hays translation is the hardcover, while the authors who translated the paperback and Kindle versions aren't specified. So use the tools available (look inside, free sample) to get an idea of the language used by the author and see if it's something you'd like to read, or if a different translation suits you better.
I don't know who did the translation for this one but I found it very difficult to follow. This prompted me to look around and I found another translation by George Long (Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus 1862). Even though it's not a recent translation, Long's version is often easier to understand. Compare the translations of the first paragraph for example:

This version:

Of my grandfather Verus I have learned to be gentle and meek, and to refrain from all anger and passion. From the fame and memory of him that begot me I have learned both shamefastness and manlike behaviour. Of my mother I have learned to be religious, and bountiful; and to forbear, not only to do, but to intend any evil; to content myself with a spare diet, and to fly all such excess as is incidental to great wealth. Of my great-grandfather, both to frequent public schools and auditories, and to get me good and able teachers at home; and that I ought not to think much, if upon such occasions, I were at excessive charges.

George Long's version:

From my grandfather Verus I learned good morals and the government of my temper. From the reputation and remembrance of my father, modesty and a manly character. From my mother, piety and beneficence, and abstinence, not only from evil deeds, but even from evil thoughts; and further, simplicity in my way of living, far removed from the habits of the rich. From my great-grandfather, not to have frequented public schools, and to have had good teachers at home, and to know that on such things a man should spend liberally.

Having said this however, it's still worth comparing both translations which are free on the Kindle.
I am sincerely pissed that I was not provided a copy of this as a kid growing up. I have devised a work around to the whole "Not growing up with a father figure" issue. I have decided that Marcus Aurealis is my actual father, and Socrates is my great uncle and Thales is my grand father. I realize this sounds nutty to read but I honestly feel more in common with these thinkers then the absent XY chromosome donor.
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard, accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.”

Before I get into details, I must say that reading Meditations was one of the hardest, but most rewarding experiences in my own personal growth. The book has done so much to ferment my prior beliefs and has helped a lot to broaden my mind and encourage me to be all that I can be.

It is very difficult in today’s world to believe in anything, whether it be divine beings, other people, or even ourselves. It is an epidemic that buries potential and love deep down and leaves anger and frustration to dictate life.

There is no reason to feel unhappy, unfulfilled, or unappreciated , and Meditations by Marcus Aurelius offers advice to anyone who is looking for self help, self love, and a rational way of directing life.

Before reading this book it is interesting to know the man that wrote it. Marcus Aurelius was the last of The Five Good Emperors of Ancient Rome. He took the title of Augustus after the death of his adopted father, Antoninus Pius, the adopted son of the late Emperor Hadrian.

However Marcus Aurelius had tried to pass on the emperorship, for he prefered a much more simple philosophic lifestyle. He accepted the honor with the sole demand that Lucius Verus, his adopted brother, would share the seat with him.

Sharing his seat of power is the one move that summarizes Marcus Aurelius’s entire life; the fear of power and the duty embedded in him through his interest in Stoicism, a philosophy that grounds itself on self-restraint, reason, and fate.

His work is a reflection of his life, and the words inscribed in Meditations are the product of his own thoughts and his own experiences. While reading this book good feelings will begin to surface through introspection, and in turn bad feelings will be expelled.

In my everyday life quotes from his book swim in my mind when I am met with difficult situations, and they enable me to make smarter more thought out and rational decisions. It is fascinating and rewarding each time I don’t simply act on impulse.

This book is not for entertainment, not for adventure, and it is definitely not a “light read.” It is a book that will help those who seek help, irritate those who don’t, and fascinate those who wish to learn and grow.
First, do we all recognize that the author of this text, Marcus Aurelius, was a Roman Emperor? If so, why have I not been forced to read this from a young age? This is quite possibly the most insightful, existential book I've ever read. Emperor Aurelius has given us wisdom in its purest form. This should be a manual for every human's life. Every sentence is mind-numbingly profound. This book is so good, that I might just have the entire text tattooed on my body. I cannot stress enough that the sagacity of this book is beyond what I have ever read. Definitely a must-read and a must-live-by.