By Robbie McLaughlan
Maps the fin de siècle challenge to open up the 'Dark Continent.' even if nineteenth-century map-makers imposed topographic definition upon a perceived geographical void, writers of experience fiction, and different colonial writers, endured to nourish the assumption of a cartographic absence of their paintings. This learn explores the consequences of this epistemological blankness in fin de siècle literature, and its influence upon early Modernist tradition, during the rising self-discipline of psychoanalysis and the debt that Freud owed to African exploration. The chapters research: representations of Black Africa in missionary writing and Rider Haggard's narratives on Africa; cartographic culture in Conrad's middle of Darkness and Jung's thoughts, goals, Reflections; and mesmeric fiction, akin to Richard Marsh's The Beetle, Robert Buchanan's The Charlatan and George du Maurier's Trilby. As Robbie McLaughlan demonstrates, it was once the overdue Victorian 'best-seller' which merged an arcane significant African imagery with an curiosity in psychic phenomena.