Heart of Darkness

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Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness WebQuest
This WebQuest helps students learn how some critics have come up with their interpretations of Heart of Darkness and encourages them to develop their own critical stance on the book. Features teaching questions and topic links: Psychoanalytical Criticism, Post Colonial Criticism, Reader-Response Theory, Deconstruction, and Feminist Critique. Extensive set of links, but some are broken.

The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness Study Guide
Close to 40 questions and activities by Cora Agatucci, Professor of English at Central Oregon Community College.

Discovery lesson.com: Lesson Plan
In this lesson plan students will understand how the novel reflects the world as Conrad saw it and students will have a chance to write their own ending for the novel. Included are discussion questions and recommended readings.

Belgian Congo Uprising

Africa and Africans in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness
A Lawrence University Freshman Studies Lecture. An extended lecture/essay that argues the Heart of Darkness is a postcolonial parable. Topic under discussion are: The Setting: The Thames and the Congo, Postcolonial Critique, Achebe’s critique and Images of Illness in Africa. Note: Related links are dead.

Heart of Darkness: The Hypertext Annotation
Hypertext annotation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Includes an audio clip and link.

Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness: A Literary Critique of Imperialism
Online essay in which author argues that “Heart of Darkness exposes imperialism’s exploitation of foreign lands and people, leaving the imperialist agents themselves empty and deranged.”

Apocalypse Now
Overview and related articles from the Internet Movie Database

BBC: The Story of Africa
This BBC site features Africa’s top historians and analyzes the events and characters that have shaped the continent from the origins of humankind to the end of South African apartheid. Among the topics covered are the rise and fall of empires and kingdoms, the power of religion, the injustices of slavery, and the expansion of trade between Africa and other continents. Features audio segments.

Wonders of the African World
In this PBS companion site Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. challenges the widespread Western view of Africa as the primitive “dark continent” civilized by white colonists. The series covers Black Pharaohs, Meroe, Gedi, the Swahili People, Zanzibar, the Ashanti and Dahomey (Benin) Kingdoms, Aksum, Gondar, the Churches of Lalibela, the Dogon, Grand Mosque of Djenne, Empires of Mali & Ghana, the Tuareg, Great Zimbabwe, a 1,000 year old South African city – Mapangubwe, the Shona People, etc. Includes a kids’ activity page, teachers’ lesson plans, and audio clips.