Representations of Africa in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism: Overview - Essay

Criticism: Overview

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Brantlinger, Patrick. “The Genealogy of the Myth of the ‘Dark Continent.’” In Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830-1914, pp. 173-97. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988.

[In the following essay, Brantlinger traces the evolution of the myth of Africa as the Dark Continent in writings by British and American explorers, sociologists, anthropologists, missionaries, journalists, abolitionists, novelists, and poets in the nineteenth century.]

We are thrown back in imagination to the infancy of the world.

—David Livingstone

In Heart of Darkness, Marlow...

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