Orientalism | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Javed Majeed

This literature criticism consists of approximately 54 pages of analysis & critique of Orientalism.
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Critical Essay by Javed Majeed

SOURCE: “Robert Southey and the Oriental Renaissance,” in Ungoverned Imaginings: James Mill's The History of British India and Orientalism, Clarendon Press, 1992, pp. 47-86.

In the following excerpt, Majeed explores Robert Southey's two Oriental romances, Thalaba the Destroyer and The Curse of Kehama, in terms of his attempt to discern historical patterns.

A New Set of Images and Similitudes

Raymond Schwab has argued that the oriental renaissance was inaugurated in 1771 by Anquétil-Duperron's Zend-Avesta, ouvrage de Zorastre. This was the first approach to an Asian text totally independent of biblical and classical traditions.1 Robert Southey's two epics Thalaba the Destroyer (1801) and The Curse of Kehama (1810) reflect this revival of interest in the history, literature, and antiquities of non-European cultures. Southey was certainly aware of the importance of Duperron's work...

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