Conrad: Heart of Darkness
In this course, Dr Keith Carabine (University of Kent) explores Joseph Conrad's 1899 novella, Heart of Darkness. The course begins by thinking about Conrad's own experiences in Africa, as recorded in his 'Personal Record' (1912) and 'Geography and Some Explorers' (1924), as well as the narrative form of the novel – an oral tale told by Marlow to a group of anonymous friends. In the second module, we look more closely at Marlow, focusing in particular on the scene in which he arrives at the Company Station, before moving on in the third and fourth modules to explore the character of Kurtz – looking first at his journal, which ends with the line 'Exterminate all the brutes!', and then at his famous final words in the novel, 'The horror! The horror!' In the fifth and final module, we turn to the ending of the novel, in which Marlow lies to the Intended about Kurtz's final words – 'The last word he pronounced was – your name.'
What this playlist includes:
17 lectures across 3 courses.
All resources designed and delivered by university academics and researchers.
Courses and Lectures
1. Conrad: Heart of Darkness
Dr Keith Carabine
Kent University
2. Conrad: Heart of Darkness
Prof. Robert Hampson
Royal Holloway, London
2.1. Historical Context – 07:58
2.3. Marlow – 16:06
2.4. Kurtz – 12:41
2.5. Light and Darkness – 03:57
2.6. The Journey – 03:23
3. Conrad: Heart of Darkness
Prof. Cedric Watts
Sussex University
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