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The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English$
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Brian McHale and Randall Stevenson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620111

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.001.0001

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1899, Vienna and the Congo: The Art of Darkness

1899, Vienna and the Congo: The Art of Darkness

(p.11) Chapter 1 1899, Vienna and the Congo: The Art of Darkness
The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Vassiliki Kolocotron

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the difficulties of moving towards the priorities of a new century, introducing Sigmund Freud and the growing interest in late nineteenth-century archaeology and ‘archaic heritage’. It then looks at the shift in priorities between the visible and ‘buried’ worlds. The chapter also examines the powers of empire and encounters with ‘semi-barbaric people’ in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The wearing down of distinctions between barbarism and civilisation, reason and anarchy, and intelligence and instinct are discussed.

Keywords:   Sigmund Freud, archaeology, archaic heritage, visible worlds, buried worlds, powers of empire, semi-barbaric people

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