The horror of death: A Foucauldian reading of power relations in Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now

Palabras clave: Foucault, Heart of Darkness, Apocalypse Now, poder, adaptación cinematográfica

Resumen

La novela corta Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad, 1899) aborda la brutalidad existente en la colonización europea de África. Su adaptación cinematográfica Apocalypse Now (1979) muestra las prácticas radicales acometidas por el ejército de los Estados Unidos en la Guerra de Vietnam. Un estudio comparativo sobre relaciones de poder en ambos trabajos ayudará a comprender cómo funciona el poder en circunstancias sociopolíticas extremas. Este artículo analiza ambos productos culturales bajo el marco teórico de los textos sobre poder de Michel Foucault. Tres núcleos conceptuales de donde emanan las relaciones de poder se examinan independientemente: el imperialismo y la resistencia resultante; las jerarquías internas en organizaciones coloniales; y el rol del género. El análisis muestra que el poder absoluto es intolerable, que la muerte es su límite definitivo y que la confesión es su principal mecanismo de liberación.

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Biografía del autor/a

Arturo Mora-Rioja, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia / KEA (Københavns Erhvervsakademi)

Arturo Mora-Rioja es doctor en Filología Inglesa por la UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia) y profesor adjunto de la KEA (Københavns Erhvervsakadem) de Dinamarca. Sus áreas de interés principales son la literatura inglesa y norteamericana, teoría narrativa, teorías de adaptación y apropiación, estudios culturales y la relación entre música y literatura, específicamente metal studies y jazz studies.

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2022-05-31
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Mora-Rioja, A. (2022). The horror of death: A Foucauldian reading of power relations in Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now. Philologica Canariensia, 28, 55-70. https://doi.org/10.20420/Phil.Can.2022.467
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