Literary Orientalism, Postcolonialism, and Universalism.

TitleLiterary Orientalism, Postcolonialism, and Universalism.
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsAl-Dabbagh, Abdulla
Series EditorZamora, Maria C.
Series TitlePostcolonial Studies.
VolumeVol. 9
EditionPeter Lang
CityNew York
KeywordsLiterary orientalism, postocolonialism
A number of the greatest classics (both old and modern) of English literature, extending from Antony and Cleopatra to A Passage to India,contain a sympathetic portrayal of the East, which connects them to each other in a way that justifies the term «literary orientalism». LiteraryOrientalism, Postcolonialism, and Universalism describes this clearly discernable tradition and examines certain key texts of oriental literaturefor the strong impact that they have had on English literature and for the striking manner in which they have been absorbed and appropriatedinto British culture. The Arabian Nights stands foremost among these works, which include the Maqamat, Ibn Tufayl's Hayy Bin Yaqdhan,as well as the oriental sources of courtly love. Literary Orientalism, Postcolonialism, and Universalism then moves from literary orientalismto a discussion of postcolonialism and postcolonial discourse. It argues, principally, that the time has come to go beyond orientalism andpostcolonialism to a more universalist approach. The inadequacies of the term «postcolonial», in particular, and the Eurocentric and Westernistperspective it implies, affirm the need for a renewed, modern form of humanism, a new humanist universalism.