By Doris Jedamski
The orientation of educational associations has in recent times been relocating clear of hugely really good region reports within the classical feel in the direction of broader neighborhood and comparative stories. Cultural reports issues to the obstacle of Western methods to non-Western cultures - a improvement no longer but mirrored in real examine and information collections. Bringing jointly students from world wide with really expert wisdom in either Western and non-Western languages, literatures, and cultures, this number of essays offers new insights into the service provider of non-Western literatures when it comes to the West - a time period used with serious warning and, like different universal binary dualisms, challenged the following. Inter-cultural services, seldom utilized within the mixture of Asian, African, and 'oriental' views, makes this compilation of essays an incredible contribution to the examine of colonialism and postcoloniality. issues coated contain postcolonial Arabic writing; T.S. Eliot in modern Arabic poetry; Algerian (and Berber) literature; the English language and narratives in Kenyan artwork; characterization, dialogism, gender and Western infuence in glossy Hindi fiction; Naya drama in India; glossy Burmese theatre and literature lower than Western impression; Remarque's All Quiet at the Western entrance and the Vietnamese Novel and not using a identify; Western Marxism and vernacular literature in colonial Indonesia; hybridity in Komedi Stambul; and Sherlock Holmes in/and the crime fiction of Siam and Indonesia individuals: Amina Azza Bekkat; Thomas de Bruijn; Matthew Isaac Cohen; Rasheed El-Enany; Keith Foulcher; Saddik M. Gohar; Rachel Harrison; Doris Jedamski; Ursula Lies; Daniela Merolla; Evan Mwangi; Guzel Vladimirovna Strelkova; Anna Suvorova; U Win Pe
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William Hutchins (‘Awdat alRuh; Cairo: Matba’at al-Ragha‘ib, 1933; tr. Washington D C : Three Continents, 1990). 16 RASHEED EL-ENANY W⏐X ist sentiment, steeped in romantic idealism. The protagonist of the novel is the adolescent Muhsin, whose development at a later stage of his life alHakim was to follow in ‘Usfur, both novels being largely autobiographical, as pointed out before. It will be sufficient for my purposes here to deal with one famous and much-quoted scene in the novel: namely, the long conversation between the French archaeologist, Monsieur Fouquet, and the British irrigation inspector, Mr Black, taking place after lunch in the lounge of Muhsin’s parents’ house in the country.
Ironically, this spoilt blonde is the progeny of the marriage of Asia and Africa (the East she later enslaved). 28 “Today,” he argues, “ the East has come to understand that his daughter is no more than a dissolute woman” (180). The parallelism between these physical and moral attributes of personified Europe and those of the manipulative Suzie Dupont are obvious enough. Al-Hakim is simply arguing by implication that Europe has treated the East as immorally and irresponsibly as Suzie has Muhsin.
By contrast, Europe only possesses ‘acquired science’, which ancient peoples regarded as accident, not substance, as merely an outward pointer to the treasure within. ) “If you open the heart of a European,” continues Monsieur Fouquet, W⏐X Theme and Identity in Postcolonial Arabic Writing 17 you will find it empty. The European lives by what he is taught (…) because he has no legacy, no past to fall back on unconsciously […]. Europe’s only strength is in the mind, that limited machine that we fuel ourselves.