Day 5

Heart of Darkness Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Chinua Achebe on Conrad

    Kind of Activity:

    Reading and discussion


    To present a post-colonial reading of the text that challenges the embedded racism of the narrative


    Heart of Darkness is paradigmatic of colonial literature. Africa and Africans are defined by the colonizing outsiders, with little to no attention paid to the perspectives of the native population. It was not until the 1960s that African writers began to reclaim their continent in literature by presenting narratives that rejecting the Western definitions of Africanness. In particular, the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe transformed African literature.

    In the 1970s, Achebe famously...

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