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Reisen durch Raum und Zeit: Joseph Conrads "Heart of Darkness" und die Vernetzung der Welt um 1900


Frank, Michael C (2008). Reisen durch Raum und Zeit: Joseph Conrads "Heart of Darkness" und die Vernetzung der Welt um 1900. Arcadia: Zeitschrift für vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, 43(2):332-357.

Abstract

It is a truism among historians, sociologists, and anthropologists that, in the West, the advent of modern technologies of travel and communication led to an "overcoming of distance" and even a gradual "annihilation of space and time." Whereas turn-of-the-century geographers like George R. Parkin and H. J. Mackinder suggest that this is also true for much of the non-Western world, Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" dramatizes the Congo region as an "other space" that, although no longer white on the map, resists European attempts at empire-building and economic-technological expansion. Conrad's work shows that the perception of distance depends not only on the actual advances in travel and communication technologies, but also – and perhaps more importantly – on the construction of "imaginative geographies". Around 1900, Central Africa was both spatially and temporarily distanced; it represented a different state of cultural development – a chronotope not (yet) part of the global network.

Abstract

It is a truism among historians, sociologists, and anthropologists that, in the West, the advent of modern technologies of travel and communication led to an "overcoming of distance" and even a gradual "annihilation of space and time." Whereas turn-of-the-century geographers like George R. Parkin and H. J. Mackinder suggest that this is also true for much of the non-Western world, Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" dramatizes the Congo region as an "other space" that, although no longer white on the map, resists European attempts at empire-building and economic-technological expansion. Conrad's work shows that the perception of distance depends not only on the actual advances in travel and communication technologies, but also – and perhaps more importantly – on the construction of "imaginative geographies". Around 1900, Central Africa was both spatially and temporarily distanced; it represented a different state of cultural development – a chronotope not (yet) part of the global network.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Language:German
Date:1 December 2008
Deposited On:19 Mar 2019 14:48
Last Modified:19 Mar 2019 14:49
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:0003-7982
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/ARCA.2008.020
Related URLs:https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/arca.2008.43.issue-2/arca.2008.020/arca.2008.020.xml (Publisher)

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