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Avant-garde Orientalism : the eastern 'other' in twentieth-century travel narrative and poetry

Author: David LeHardy Sweet
Publisher: [Cham, Switzerland] : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017] ©2017
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This study explores the work of Western avant-garde writers who traveled to and wrote about Asia and North Africa. Though exoticist in outlook, many of these writers were also anti-colonialist and thus avoided some of the pitfalls of academic orientalism by assuming an aesthetics of diversity while employing strategies of provocation and reciprocity. As a survey of works on travel (including essays, novels, poems,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David LeHardy Sweet
ISBN: 3319503723 9783319503721
OCLC Number: 962125036
Description: xiii, 318 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Introduction Avant-garde offensive Avant-garde orientalism, or a visionary exoticism Discontinuous itineraries 2. The Poetics of Travel, Postcolonial Criticism, and the Theory of the Avant-Garde Travel theory's assimilation of postcolonial method: MacCannell, Said The Derridean inflection and the emergence of the hybrid: Spivak, Bhabha Global ideoscapes, postmodern tourists, and postmillennial reconsiderations: Appadurai, Kaplan, Almond Theorists of the Avant-Garde: Poggioli, Burger, Horkheimer and Adorno 3. A Literary Genealogy of Avant-garde Orientalism Romanticist origins of avant-garde orientalism Mann's Venice as fatal gateway to the East Kafka's French Algerian penal colony Tearing up the colonies: arbitrary arbiters and itinerant marginals in Genet and Duras < From avant-garde affront to postmodern indifference: Geoff Dyer's East/West< Split 4. The Maghreb and Tangier A hermeneutics of aggression and reciprocity From pastoral to horror: Gide and Bowles in the Maghreb "Innaresting sexual arrangement": William Burroughs takes Tangier 5. Egypt and Palestine Fecundity of the dead: Cocteau meets the pharaohs Muscular impotence: Marinetti's futurist Egypt Durrell's Alexandria Pynchon's Baedeker farce and the automata of empire A Bengali Indian in Egypt: Amitav Ghosh's medieval alternative The songs of the fedayeen: Saint Genet among the lions 6. India Disembodied India: Frederic Prokosch's The Asiatics Barbarian sightings: the Lacanian subject of Henri Michaux A labyrinth of multitudes: Octavio Paz's embassy to the outcastes The Beats in the jungle: Ginsberg, Orlovsky, Snyder, and Kyger 7. Conclusion: The Far East Segalen, Michaux, and Barthes: from diversity to "the clangor of cymbals" World literature and simultaneous contrasts
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