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International Journal of Humanities and Arts

Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part A (2024)

Postcolonial critique of imperialism in Joseph Conrad’s novels

Author(s):

Dr. Jeuti Talukdar

Abstract:

Joseph Conrad’s literary oeuvre stands as a profound exploration of the intricacies of imperialism, offering a rich tapestry of narratives that delve into its multifaceted dimensions. This research article endeavors to unveil the postcolonial critique embedded within Conrad’s novels, particularly focusing on seminal works such as “Heart of Darkness” and “Lord Jim.” Through a postcolonial lens, this study examines Conrad’s portrayal of imperialism, elucidating themes of power dynamics, cultural clashes, and the existential crisis engendered by colonial encounters. Drawing from a theoretical framework rooted in postcolonial discourse, this analysis interrogates Conrad’s representation of imperialism in light of concepts such as Orientalism, subalternity, and hybridity. Central to Conrad’s critique is the exploration of power dynamics between colonizers and colonized, as exemplified in the narrative of “Heart of Darkness,” where the character of Kurtz epitomizes the moral decay and unchecked exploitation emblematic of European imperialism. Similarly, in “Lord Jim,” Conrad navigates the complexities of white privilege and the unequal distribution of power within colonial societies, shedding light on the oppressive mechanisms that sustain imperial domination. Through an analysis of Conrad’s work, this research article seeks to contribute to a deeper understanding of the enduring legacy of imperialism and its reverberations on the global consciousness.

Pages: 44-47  |  54 Views  14 Downloads

How to cite this article:
Dr. Jeuti Talukdar. Postcolonial critique of imperialism in Joseph Conrad’s novels. Int. J. Humanit. Arts 2024;6(1):44-47. DOI: 10.33545/26647699.2024.v6.i1a.66
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