The Progress of an Image: The East in English Literature

The Progress of an Image: The East in English Literature

by Naji B. Oueijan
     
 

This book investigates the germination and development of the image of the East, distorted and authentic, in English Literature from the Anglo-Saxon Period to the end of the nineteenth century. Besides its significance in the literary world, this book has a great value to Eastern and Western readers seeking a better cross-cultural understanding of both worlds.

Overview

This book investigates the germination and development of the image of the East, distorted and authentic, in English Literature from the Anglo-Saxon Period to the end of the nineteenth century. Besides its significance in the literary world, this book has a great value to Eastern and Western readers seeking a better cross-cultural understanding of both worlds.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
«A native of Lebanon with a Ph.D. in English literature, Naji B. Oueijan is admirably equipped to bring a special perspective to the oft-told story of British literary interest in the East. His study places several British writers, especially Byron, in the context of the Eastern tradition in English Literature and provides a thorough and authentic matrix for the understanding of the Eastern elements in their works.» (Clement T. Goode, Professor of English, Baylor University)
«Dr. Naji B. Oueijan's 'The Progress of an Image: The East in English Literature' is a comprehensive survey of the Orient-Occident long-established contacts and the cross-cultural impact resulting thereof. The study of this grave issue, which is still hot up to this moment, is rendered plausible by virtue of the objective manner on which the methodology of the book is smoothly based. The book furnishes the general reader with a correct perspective from which to view European thought and culture, more particularly the English, as the focus of vision moves from home-based subjectivity to the real open world.» (Ibrahim Al-Hussari, Professor of English, Lebanese American University)
«Oueijan's work represents a valuable contribution towards a better understanding of literary Orientalism. It will be read with great profit by specialists and others alike.» (A.R. Kidwai, The Byron Journal)
Booknews
Oueijan (English, Notre Dame U., formerly Lebanese U.) traces the germination and development of Islam in English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the end of the 19th century. He finds that prejudiced and distorted views of Middle Eastern people and culture were projected throughout the 12 centuries, that religious and political leaders fostered the misrepresentations for their own interests, and that no independent scholars sought to correct the errors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820427126
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/1996
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 4: English Language and Literature, #181
Pages:
152

Meet the Author

The Author: Dr. Naji B. Oueijan chaired the Department of English at the Lebanese University from 1989 to 1991, and is currently an associate professor of English at Notre Dame University, Lebanon. Dr. Oueijan investigates the historical relations between England and the East, and the impact of these relations on the development of the image of the East and Islam in the literature of the periods surveyed.

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