Literary Orientalism, Postcolonialism, and Universalism

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Abdulla Al-Dabbagh
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The Author: Abdulla Al-Dabbagh is Professor of English Literature at the United Arab Emirates University. He holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.Litt. from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. from Essex University. He has taught English, American, and world literatures, literary criticism, comparative literature, and translation in Iraq, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates. His current research interests include literary theory and world literature, in addition to English literature, particularly the works of Shakespeare.
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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". Literary Orientalism, Postcolonialism, and Universalism describes this clearly discernable tradition and examines certain key texts of oriental literature for the strong impact that they have had on English literature and for the striking manner in which they have been absorbed and appropriated into 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 orientalism to a discussion of postcolonialism and postcolonial discourse. It argues, principally, that the time has come to go beyond orientalism and postcolonialism to a more universalist approach. The inadequacies of the term "postcolonial", in particular, and the Eurocentric and Westernist perspective it implies, affirm the need for a renewed, modern form of humanism, a new humanist universalism.

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