Avant-garde Orientalism: The Eastern 'Other' in by David LeHardy Sweet

By David LeHardy Sweet

This examine explores the paintings of Western avant-garde writers who traveled to and wrote approximately Asia and North Africa. although exoticist in outlook, lots of those writers have been additionally anti-colonialist and hence kept away from a few of the pitfalls of educational orientalism through assuming an aesthetics of range whereas applying options of provocation and reciprocity. As a survey of works on trip (including essays, novels, poems, and plays), the ebook demanding situations or modifies many postcolonial assumptions approximately Western writers at the Orient: from the French Surrealists to the yank Beats or even transnational authors of the hot millennium. via a synthesis of avant-garde, postcolonial, and go back and forth literature theories, Avant-garde Orientalism works within the most sensible culture of comparative literary research to spot and study a special class of worldwide literature.

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Travel Theory’s Assimilation of Postcolonial Method: MacCannell, Said Two foundational texts of travel theory and postcolonialism are, respectively, Dean MacCannell’s The Tourist and Edward Said’s Orientalism. In many ways, both are organized according to structuralist principles, allowing a range of objects to be presented in consistent, even predictable patterns of behavior or discourse. L. L. SWEET is more diachronic, if sometimes discontinuous: an archaeology of discursive formations and ruptures in the spirit of Michel Foucault, if also supported by meticulous footnotes and quotations (unlike Foucault).

32. Kaplan notes that Malcolm Cowley, in Exile’s Return, argues that the wandering of the expats in the early twentieth century helped develop modern tourism. Thus, as the title suggests, Exile’s Return is a critique of expatriation as a form of exile: “The displacements of ‘exile’ have brought the modernists of Cowley’s group not to a fuller understanding of the histories and particularities of the places they have traveled through but to a will to power that consolidates nationalist identities and confirms a repressive hierarchy of values” (Questions of Travel 49).

Though dated 1963, the entry falls sequentially into the year 1962. 2. Because this event took place during the time of Nehru’s standoff with China over India’s so-called Northeast Frontier Arena (NEFA), Ginsberg and Orlovsky potentially risked deportation. INTRODUCTION 23 Ginsberg said later that he thought Blitz newspaper had reported they were CIA spies (Ganguly 28). Partly outlined in a lecture Ginsberg gave to the students and included in his Indian Journals, 93–94. This popular conception was still very much in force until the beginning of the new millennium when China began to assume the status of a world economic power—though for many it persists in the case of that country, if mostly as a justification of its turn away from Maoism and toward capitalism (see Daniel Vukovich’s China and Orientalism).

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