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Darkness in the Costume of Whiteness: A Glimpse of Black Gaze, White Mask in Heart of Darkness

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To begin with, Heart of Darkness has always been challenging for every critic who feels the urge to take either pro-colonialist or contra-colonialist positions. However, herein the main focus would be set less upon the binary stances regarding the protagonist and his leanings toward the natives. Based on the indissociability of the psychological-cum-cultural operations, this study lends itself best to an amalgam of Freudian together with Bhabhian theories such as the dreamwork, repetition-compulsion, mimickry and hybridization. That is to say, it deserves attention to see the colonialist ideology through the dissecting lens of psychoanalysis. Besides, Tiffin’s subversive counter-discourse would provide a valuable source to this study. The present study aims to explore the underlying motive for Marlow’s narration and his interaction with the natives free from a slippery evaluation of the narratives prime facie. Since any consideration of the native-settler relation without taking the mutual impact of one on the other would only reveal a limited angle to the events, Marlow’s narration will be less concerned with the Hegelian subject-non-subject dichotomy than the intersection of both, however disguised. Of particular note is that such intersection gives rise to the ensuing ambivalence at the heart of the text, Marlow’s account of events, thence the clash of perspectives, whether fictional or critical, can be discerned. Eventually, this hybrid ambivalence casts the text into a hybrid existence that would account for the narrators’ neurosis on the one hand and the contradictory critiques on the other.

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Periodical:
International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 49)
Pages:
135-145
DOI:
10.18052/www.scipress.com/ILSHS.49.135
Citation:
S. Sasani and E. Molaii, "Darkness in the Costume of Whiteness: A Glimpse of Black Gaze, White Mask in Heart of Darkness", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 49, pp. 135-145, 2015
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Mar 2015
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