Art of darkness

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Art of darkness

  1. 1. Art of Darkness: “The Horror! The Horror!” of Trauma “Abandon all hope ye who enter here…” – Dante, Inferno.
  2. 2. Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness (1899) Proto-ModernistMark Z. DanielewskiHouse of Leaves (2000)Late Postmodernist
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. Trauma (PTSD) 1.Intrusive Past2.Hyper-arousal 3.Constriction
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. House of Leaves
  7. 7. 1.“What the Thunder Said”: Traumatic Echoes
  8. 8. “…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)
  9. 9. 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)
  10. 10. 2.“Hell Sucks”: Traumatic Trippin’
  11. 11. “…coming out of some heavy heart-of-darkness trip …” (Dispatches 8).
  12. 12. Comic Book of Darkness: Anyango depicts Marlow as Conrad “It seemed somehow to throw a kind of light on everything about me – and into my thoughts…” (Heart of Darkness 35).
  13. 13. From House of Leaves’ Appendix…“…right now going to hellseems like a pretty sound bet.”– Johnny (House of Leves43)
  14. 14. 3.“There Will Always be a Darkness”: The Art of Darkness
  15. 15. “It’s like horror more than sadness . . .” – David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest 73)
  16. 16. “We penetrated deeperand deeper into theheart of darkness…”(Conrad 63).
  17. 17. The Navidson Record: “… the sightdarkness itself…” (xxi).
  18. 18. The Labyrinth of Trauma Theory …
  19. 19. Questions or Suggestions?

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