His searing critique is sometimes taught side-by-side with Conrad's work, and is regularly included in critical editions of the text.
The essay has been criticised for being "a political statement rather than a literary criticism".
Through imagining a future outside the neocolonial frames and practices of contemporary Europe, this book explores a variety of critical spaces including motherhood and the home, friendships and intimate relationships, activism and community, and literature, dance and film. Dr Francesca Sobande is a Digital Media Studies Lecturer at Cardiff University.
Her work focuses on how racism and sexism manifest in media and the marketplace.
His inordinate love of that word itself should be of interest to psychoanalysts.
Sometimes his fixation on blackness is equally interesting ..." Achebe asserts that while Conrad was not himself responsible for the xenophobic "image of Africa" that appears in Heart of Darkness, his novel continues to perpetuate the damaging stereotypes of black peoples by its inclusion in the literary canon of the modern Western world.
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Achebe moves beyond the text of Conrad's Heart of Darkness in advancing his argument.
Achebe quotes a passage from Conrad, as Conrad recalls his first encounter with an African in his own life: A certain enormous buck nigger encountered in Haiti fixed my conception of blind, furious, unreasoning rage, as manifested in the human animal to the end of my days.