Date of Award

Spring 6-11-2023

Document Type

Thesis (Undergraduate)


Comparative Literature

First Advisor

Dennis Washburn

Second Advisor

Ayo Coly


The thesis explores how Enlightenment Thought defined a certain idea of being human through intertextual motifs observed in Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness and Yoshihiro Togashi's Japanese manga Hunter x Hunter. Such a comparative analysis is premised on the idea that the historical context that inspires the plot in both texts are interlinked i.e., the colonial context in the Congo under Belgian rule mined the uranium that was used in making the atomic bomb that struck Japan in 1945. As such, using a postcolonial biopolitical framework, the intertextual motifs are analysed to argue how Enlightenment Thinking became a haunting ideology that justified the imperial/colonial developments that are depicted in both works of literature.