Art of Darkness: “The Horror! The Horror!” of Trauma “Abandon all hope ye who enter here…” – Dante, Inferno.
Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness (1899) Proto-ModernistMark Z. DanielewskiHouse of Leaves (2000)Late Postmodernist
Introduction to Trauma Introduction to the Texts Chapter Blueprints: 1. “What the Thunder Said”: Traumatic Echoes 2.“Hell Sucks”: Traumatic Trippin’3. “There Will Always be a Darkness”: The Art of Darkness Theoretical Postscript
Heart of DarknessMarlow voyages up an unnamed riverConfronts evil incarnate (Kurtz)Experiences “pure abstract terror” (92)Lies to conceal “the horror” a year laterAfter an undetermined period, he works through this horror,reliving it in every detail
“…the flying terror of the sound…”(Heart of Darkness 95)“And I heard – him – it – this voice – and thememory of that time itself lingers around me,implacable, like a dying vibration of one immensejabber … voices, voices …” – Conrad (Heart of Darkness 76)
A Sketch by Johnny …“…her voice sounding as if it would shatter the world, fill itwith thunder and darkness, which I guess it finally did.”– Johnny (House of Leaves 517)