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Heart of Darkness: A Research Guide

The thirteen entries below provide an introduction to scholarly, critical, and public conversations about Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The section headings listed below indicate major topics, themes, and ideas that emerged in the research process. Each individual entry also includes an annotated bibliography that points back to previous research and forward to new topics, approaches, or questions.

Click here for some of the questions that motivated this project. 

Biographical Backgrounds: Who? What? Where?

Imperial Backdrops: "And this also...has been one of the dark places"

Contested Images: Race and Gender in the 19th Century and Beyond

"A Readable Report": Conrad's Use (and Abuse?) of Genre and Style

Aftereffects: Conrad and The Twentieth Century