By Lacoue-Labarthe, Philippe; Lawtoo, Nidesh; Lacoue-Labarthe, Philippe; Conrad, Joseph
With its cutting edge narrative constitution and its arguable explorations of race, gender and empire, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is a landmark of twentieth century literature that maintains to resonate to today. This booklet brings jointly top students to discover the whole variety of latest philosophical and important responses to the text.Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' and modern Thought contains the 1st e-book in English of thinker Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe's 2007 essay, "The Horror of the West", defined via J. Hillis Miller as "a significant essay on Conrad's novel, the best ever written". within the corporation of Lacoue-Labarthe, prime students discover new readings of Conrad's textual content from a whole variety of theoretical views, together with deconstructive, psychoanalytic, feminist and postcolonial techniques. Drawing at the very newest insights of latest notion, this can be an important examine of 1 of crucial literary texts of the 20 th century.
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Ross Murfin (Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press, 1996), 3–16. 6 Gérard Genette, ‘Discours du récit’, in Figures III (Paris: Seuil, 1972), 65–282; Genette, Narrative Discourse: An Essay in Method, trans. Jane E. Lewin (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1980); Wayne C. Booth, The Rhetoric of Fiction (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1961); James Phelan, Living to Tell about It: A Rhetoric and Ethics of Character Narration (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005). These books are only the tip of a huge iceberg.
The meanings of the stories of most seamen, says the narrator, are inside the narration like the kernel of a cracked nut. I take it the narrator means the meanings of such stories are easily expressed, detachable from the stories and open to paraphrase in other terms, as when one draws an obvious moral: ‘Crime doesn’t pay’ or ‘Honesty is the best policy’ or ‘The truth will out’ or ‘Love conquers all’. The figure of the cracked nut suggests that the story itself, its characters and narrative details, are the inedible shell which must be removed and discarded so the meaning of the story may be assimilated.
But no one survived that experience. Similarly, Kurtz witnessed the horror directly, but only at the moment he stepped over the threshold into death. Other catachrestic figures for what Conrad names by the word ‘horror’ pervade Heart of Darkness, figures of the jungle wilderness, or of London, or of England when the Romans invaded it, or of African ‘savagery,’or of those heads on stakes Marlow glimpses through his ‘glass’ (130–1), or, in the famous passage that Lacoue-Labarthe comments on, as I do at length in my essay, of the halo around the moon on a foggy night.
Conrad's 'Heart of darkness' and contemporary thought : revisiting the horror with Lacoue-Labarthe by Lacoue-Labarthe, Philippe; Lawtoo, Nidesh; Lacoue-Labarthe, Philippe; Conrad, Joseph