Onrads Vision of the colonial world in nostromo and the heart of darkness
if you included a useful range of postcolonial ideas.
Indeed, some review of postcolonial readings (including Africa responses
from Chinua Achebe and others) seems indispensable.The other day I happened to read a review of Anne Enrights stunning
novel The Pleasures of Eliza Lynch (2003) in which the reviewer noted
that Conrad treats the white ladies in his Nostromo as the embodiment of
the colonial ideals without critiquing them in any way. This suggests
that the limitations of his vision may be as important as its strengths.
I trust you are ready to make such a judgement and to engage with the
critics in doing so.
Finally, you must consider fully the biographical context. Conrad was of
course a widely travelled merchant seaman. And he was a Pole, with some
experience of Russian imperialism at the period in question, I believe
(or was it Austo-Hungarian?) What were his politics? What was his view
of state control, empire and anarchy (see The Secret Agent in which
he has an Irish dynamitard anarchist along distinctly Fenian lines).