By the Name of Nature but Against Nature: An Ecocritical Study of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness


  • Mehdi Bakhtiari Hojjat Master of Arts in English Literature, Kharazmi University, IRI,
  • Esmaeil Najar Daronkolae PhD Student in Drama and Dramatics/Theatre The Ohio State University


Ecocriticism, Joseph Conrad, ecology, postcolonialism, ecofeminism


The  relationship  of  people  with  nature  is  usually  expressed  in  different  ways,  and  certainly  literature  is  one  of  them. Nature  as  one  of  the indispensable  elements  of  writing  has  drawn  the  attention  of  many  writers  specifically  the  novelists. In  this  study, the researchers  attempt  to  apply  ecocritical  analysis  of  Joseph  Conrad’s  Heart  of  Darkness. The  researchers  also  show  how  the  relationship  between  man  and  nature  which  had been  sympathetic  and  harmonized  in  Romantic  period  changed  to  cruel  and  heartless  one  in  industrial  and  capitalistic  Modern  time; and  how  Conrad’s  Heart  of  Darkness  meticulously  shows  this  alternation.



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How to Cite

Hojjat, M. B., & Daronkolae, E. N. (2013). By the Name of Nature but Against Nature: An Ecocritical Study of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, 1(3). Retrieved from