Orientalism andHeart of Darkness

shford 3: – Week 2 – Assignment
Orientalism andHeart of Darkness
In, Edward Said analyzes an attitude he calls orientalism. Then, inRule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830-1914, Patrick Brantlinger applies this concept to the novelHeart of Darkness(see Chapters 6 and 9).
In two to three pages (excluding title and reference pages), discuss the application of orientalism to Conrads novel. First, explain in your own words what Said means by orientalism and why he finds it problematic. Then, apply this concept toHeart of Darkness.(If your instructor did not assignHeart of Darkness, you may have to rely on Brantlingers discussion ofHeart of Darknessin Chapter 9 of his book.) In what ways does Conrad reflect the British attitude of orientalism toward Africa inHeart of Darknessand in what ways does he challenge such attitudes? Be sure to cite specific passages from the texts to support your interpretation.
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