Avant-garde Orientalism

The Eastern 'Other' in Twentieth-Century Travel Narrative and Poetry

  • David LeHardy¬†Sweet

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 285-318

About this book


This study explores the work of Western avant-garde writers who traveled to and wrote about Asia and North Africa. Though exoticist in outlook, many of these writers were also anti-colonialist and thus avoided some of the pitfalls of academic orientalism by assuming an aesthetics of diversity while employing strategies of provocation and reciprocity. As a survey of works on travel (including essays, novels, poems, and plays), the book challenges or modifies many postcolonial assumptions about Western writers on the Orient: from the French Surrealists to the American Beats and even transnational authors of the new millennium. Through a synthesis of avant-garde, postcolonial, and travel literature theories, Avant-garde Orientalism works in the best tradition of comparative literary study to identify and analyze a distinct category of world literature.    


Avant-Garde Twentieth-Century Literature Experimental Writers Postcolonial Theory Travel Writing

Authors and affiliations

  • David LeHardy¬†Sweet
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  1. 1.EnglishPace UniversityNew YorkUSA

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