The Ambiguous Imperialism of Heart of Darkness


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The Ambiguous Imperialism of Heart of Darkness
Modern scholars have come to realize that Joseph's Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness “occupies a unique place even among canonical texts,” becoming over the past few decades “the single most read and reprinted novel” of its type, at least in academic circles (Firchow 3). Interestingly enough, however, more recently some scholars have seen a significant shift in the evaluation of Conrad and Heart of Darkness among some academics who are beginning to question his reputation as an early critiquer of European imperialism in Africa (Cole 251). As a result of this split or controversy, Conrad's major novel has become an important point of reference for divergent ideologies not only among literature...
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