It is well-known that Conrad’s (1902) Heart of Darkness has a deeply psychoanalytic alter-ego. Initially Conrad’s work seems an adventure which unfurled into a critique of the cruelty, greed and senseless barbarity of colonialism in which ‘white’ is the root of all evil in darkness. A further reading reveals a very different journey — a journey into the unconscious, the unknown, the heart of darkness. Of imaginary fears and enemies, of phantasy. It is both a journey into our psychological prehistory and, as O’Prey (1983) argues, ‘the darkness is a deeply suppressed inner anarchy which is impossible to comprehend, or explain and better not to imagine’ (1983: 22). I would of course disagree that it is impossible to comprehend; an exploration of both inner and outer worlds has been central in this book and this disagreement has been fundamental in the writing of this work.
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