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By David LeHardy Sweet

This research explores the paintings of Western avant-garde writers who traveled to and wrote approximately Asia and North Africa. even though exoticist in outlook, a lot 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 variety whereas utilizing recommendations of provocation and reciprocity. As a survey of works on commute (including essays, novels, poems, and plays), the e-book demanding situations or modifies many postcolonial assumptions approximately Western writers at the Orient: from the French Surrealists to the yankee 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 research a unique type of global literature.

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It represents the genuine sense of escape that travel promises, if only temporarily, from the oppressive “ethic of duty” (Bourdieu's expression) that presides in many a bourgeois household: the obligations and tedium of work, of routine, of family and community, everything that is institutionally organized to keep an individual stationary and tolerably unhappy as he or she engages in the alienating, and thus inauthentic, practices of everyday modern life (though, for many, these things are considered the very measure of authenticity).

Thus, it had to identify an ethnographic anxiety as the source of much theoretical error in Western philosophical assumptions of presence, identity, and self! In other words, it was time to stop thinking about the Other with such imperious authority and to start thinking more about re-examining its own theoretical assumptions and priorities. Homi Bhabha masterfully extended the argument (alternately transparent and obscure) by his assumption of the hybrid, a thing intellectually THE POETICS OF TRAVEL, POSTCOLONIAL CRITICISM, AND THE THEORY...

Her essay goes on to attack the Foucaultian hypocrisy (she calls it “buying into”) of the “self-contained version of the West” (291) that allows the West to mischaracterize the Other by virtue of itself being produced by the same imperialist project that binds them together. In the end, it is a deplorable situation that only Derridean strategy (supplemented by Spivak’s citations of Foucault and Gramsci) can prevent the conscientious theorist from falling into: “To render thought or the thinking subject transparent or invisible seems, by contrast, to hide the relentless recognition of the Other by assimilation.

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