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Abstract

In this study, it’s a question for us to go back to the historical and ideological genesis of “face to face” between the West and the East, which in spite of its secularity has been assured a form since Napoleon’s expedition (1798-1801) by accepting the thematic of authenticity, “Me” and of modernity “the other”, as its own.By trying to answer this question, modern Arabic thought has introduced several paths for reflection, among those the desire of holding power over the “other” passes ineluctably by the dream of its negation as a finality. This intellectual exercise has enabled forming an anthropological image of the west in arabo-moslem imagery, a place of all stereotypes, synonymous of all exoticism catalyzing all contradictions and excess.The romantic Arabic Language Literature is illustrated by the production of several texts relating to the East – West relationship ; among the most famous are three “The Bird of the Orient”, by Tewfik Al Hakim, and “ The Latin District” by Souheil Idris, And Tayeb Salih’s “A Season for migrating”. These three novels try to inverse the relationship by sexualizing the “civilization conflict” If oriental imagery calls on the prestigious past to counter a scornful and discrediting West, for that the literature sends us back to archetypes founding arabo-moslem make belief.

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