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Images and fantasms in the Arabic novel

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KeywordsTriple Keywords
Thought and thinking
Thoughts
Thinking
Mind
Number concept
Political power
Empowerment (Social sciences)
Power (Social sciences)
Pictures
Iconography
Pictorial representations
Literature
World literature
Western literature (Western countries)
Belles-lettres
Novellas (Short novels)
Stories
Metafiction
Fiction
Novels
Fiction--Philosophy
Drama--Plot
Scenarios
Dramatic plots
Plots (Drama, novel, etc.)
Fiction--Plots
Images, Mental
Imagery, Mental
Mental images
Imagination
Mental imagery
Languages
Language and languages
Foreign languages
Barbarism
Civilisation
Civilization
Finalism (Philosophy)
Design in natural phenomena, Study of
Teleology
Final cause
Goal (Philosophy)

Abstract

The aim of this study is to revisit the historical and ideological genesis of the ‘confrontation’ between the West and the East, which — despite its secularity- has crystallised since the shipment of Napoleon (1798-1801) by embracing the theme of authenticity, ‘the Moi’ and modernity. “the other”. In trying to address this issue, contemporary Arab thinking has introduced a number of avenues for reflection, whose desire to grabb the power of the other inevitably goes through the dream of its denial as a goal. This intellectual exercise made it possible to build an anthropological image of the West in Arab-Muslim imaginary, the location of all the images, synonymous with all exotisms, a catalyst for all contradictions and excesses. Roman Arabic literature has been illustrated by the production of several texts dealing with the East/West report, of which the three most famous are Tewfik Al-Hakim’s ‘Eastern New’, Souheil Idris ‘Quartier Latin’ and Tayeb Salih’s ‘North Migration’. These three novels tried to reverse the relationship of forces by sexualising ‘civilisational conflicts’. the literature refers to the founding archaetypes of Arab-Muslim imagination.

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