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Conrad's 'Heart of darkness' and contemporary thought : revisiting the horror with Lacoue-Labarthe

Author: Nidesh Lawtoo
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With its innovative narrative structure and its controversial explorations of race, gender and empire, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is a landmark of 20th century literature that continues to resonate to this day. This book brings together leading scholars to explore the full range of contemporary philosophical and critical responses to the text. Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Contemporary Thought includes the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Conrad's 'Heart of darkness' and contemporary thought.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2012
(DLC) 2012005162
(OCoLC)777652612
Named Person: Joseph Conrad; Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe; Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nidesh Lawtoo
ISBN: 9781441103765 1441103767 9781441123770 1441123776
OCLC Number: 820009831
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 284 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Acknowledgements; Preface; Notes; Introduction: 'An emotion of thought'; Encounters; The moon and the halo; The chorus; Notes; Prologue: Revisiting 'Heart of Darkness Revisited' (in the company of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe); Notes; Part 1: Mythic Darkness; Chapter 1: Heart of Darkness revisited; Notes; Chapter 2: Modernism, myth and Heart of Darkness; Notes; Chapter 3: Civilization and its darkness; Degeneration; Perversion; Primeval density; The metaphysics of oblivion; Notes; Part 2: Conrad avec Lacoue-Labarthe. Chapter 4: A frame for 'The Horror of the West'Philosopher-poet; Framing the frame; Mythic mimesis; Western barbarity; Notes; Chapter 5: The horror of the West; Notes; Chapter 6: Philippe's lessons of darkness; The darkness of a sacrificial heart; Coda: The darkness at the heart of genocide; Notes; Part 3: The Affect of Ideology; Chapter 7: La lettre, Lacan, Lacoue-Labarthe: Heart of Darkness redux1; Social organization; Family romance; Notes; Chapter 8: The voice of darkness; The textual voice as literary artefact; Pardon my French: The linguistic conundrum as textual voice. Ideological darkness versus textual voiceNotes; Chapter 9: The horror of trauma: Mourning or melancholia in Heart of Darkness?; Affective politics: Kurtz's myth and Marlow's response; The assertion of melancholia; Notes; Part 4: The Echo of the Horror; Chapter 10: Conrad's Dionysian elegy; Notes; Chapter 11: Sounding the hollow heart of the West: X-rays and the technique de la mort1; Body politics and the heart of the matter; Seeing through colonialism; The hollow body: Kurtz, Marlow and co.; Notes; Chapter 12: The horror of mimesis: Echoing Lacoue-Labarthe1; The mimetic frame. Mimetic sexism and colonial ideologyThe racist pathos of mimetic rhetoric; The barbarity of mimesis; Notes; Postface: A talk with Avital Ronell (about Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe)1; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: edited by Nidesh Lawtoo.

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Leading scholars, including Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, J. Hillis Miller and Jonathan Dollimore, explore new philosophical perspectives on Joseph Conrad's masterpiece, Heart of Darkness.  Read more...

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