The Nexus in Heart of Darkness: A Working Paper
William L. Benzon
July 28, 2011
Heart of Darkness is a novella that is roughly 38,000 words long and divided into three sections. The longest paragraph in the text, the nexus, is in the second half of the second of the three sections. It is structurally central to the text, making it a tale3 (the nexus) within a tale2 (Marlow’s tale) within a tale1 (the unnamed narrator’s tale). Within the nexus we find a phrase, a so-called Latour Litany, that spans the ontological dimensions of the story. This paper concludes with an annotated copy of the nexus paragraph.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: novel, narrative, story, ring-form, narratology
Date posted: July 28, 2011 ; Last revised: July 29, 2011
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