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Ouyang, Wen-Chin (2011) 'Lost in Nostalgia: Modernity's Repressed Other.' In: Parker, Jan and Mathews, Timothy, (eds.), Translation, Trauma, Tradition: The Classic and the Modern. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 191-210. (Classical Presences)

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This chapter explores the conceptual category constructed around the figure of the cultural other in narratives of modernity, and looks at the ways in which its presence and absence are entangled in the politics of cultural construction, or reconstruction. It focuses on the work of Adonis, an avant-garde Arab poet, literary critic, and cultural architect. It argues that modernity is not merely what Adonis asserts throughout his writing as the desired state of a conveniently transformed reality, but also a narrative trope, a site of focalization where cultural change, or transformation of world-view and lifestyle, is interrogated, debated, articulated, legitimated, and perhaps even universalized. It also shows how the linear narrative of modernity may be unravelled with the introduction as a conceptual category of the figure of cultural other, which takes several forms, each according to the argument being made and position legitimated.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East
ISBN: 9780199554591
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Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2012 16:15

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