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Seven Essays

Studies in Literature, Drama, and Film


Abdulla M. Al-Dabbagh

In Seven Essays: Studies in Literature, Drama, and Film, Abdulla Al-Dabbagh’s unique approach to literary and cultural issues succeeds in casting new light on these subjects, revealing innovative fields of research and investigation. Expressed in his usual lucid and eloquent style, this collection of essays deals with themes and topics raised in Al-Dabbagh’s first two books, Literary Orientalism, Postcolonialism, and Universalism (Lang, 2010) and Shakespeare, the Orient, and the Critics (Lang, 2010). These essays also embrace further exploration in the area of literary criticism and literary theory and venture into the area of film studies. Whether discussing the drama of Shakespeare and Ibsen, Kurdish cinema, or issues of contemporary literary criticism and theory, scholars will find Al-Dabbagh’s fresh compilation of literary studies an essential contribution to the field.
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Appendix B: Review of Todd Kontje, German Orientalisms


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Review of Todd Kontje, German Orientalisms

One of the clear indications of the continuing vitality of the academic study of orientalism, and particularly literary orientalism, for Western scholarly researchers, even after nearly thirty years of Edwards Said’s pioneering Orientalism (1978), is the steady outpouring of publications, mainly in the form of new books, over these decades. A simple demonstration of this fact is the acquisition by our own Zayed Library at the UAE University, in the last few months only, of the following titles: Brenda Deen Schildgen, Dante and the Orient (2002) and Pagans, Tartars, Moslems and Jews in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (2001); Muge Galin, Between East and West: Sufism in the Novels of Doris Lessing (1997); John M. Hobson, The Eastern Origins of Western Civilization (2004); Richard W. Bulliet, The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization (2004); and Todd Kontje, German Orientalisms (2004). It is the last title of the list that I want to share with the readers in this review.

The very early comments on Edward Said’s book pointed out that it dealt almost exclusively with British and French orientalism and hardly touched on other orientalisms. The work under review is a successful attempt to fill this one particular and important gap. Although the numerous aspects of German orientalism, especially in the fields of scholarship and translation, may not be ← 91 | 92 → covered fully in one volume, this book conducts a general survey of the field, focusing...

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