Orientalism According to Edward Said and Oriental Renaissance According to Raymond Schwab

Topics: Grammar, Romanticism, Thomas de Quincey Pages: 5 (1277 words) Published: April 10, 2013
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A210B: Romantic Writings
TMA: Semester 2, 2012 - 2013
TMA: 20 points
[Prepared by Course Chair: Dr. Dima Tahboub]

The romantic Oriental poems of Coleridge, Shelly and Lord Byron present the colonial relationship between West and East that was abundant with over-fertile stereotypes. “According to the Stereotype, the Oriental subjects have no power over their will, and live in an exotic, timeless never-never land closer to the realm of mythology than history. We might say that the oriental is represented as the “other” of the westerner, who in contrast lives in a “progressive” and purposeful historical present motivated by moral choice and action.” (RW, P. 224)

With reference to the above quotation, discuss in an essay of 2000 words three romantic poems by the aforementioned poets in view of the following critical issues:

1. The notions of Colonialism, Orientalism according to Edward Said and Oriental Renaissance according to Raymond Schwab.

2. The representation of the Western “self” and the Eastern “other”.

3. The moral ground of Romanticism, its restriction to the European Continent and exclusion of other nations.

4. Your own reflections and comments on the image of the Orient in Romantic poetry and its misleading effects that contributed to misunderstanding and mistreatment between West and East.

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The following poems, articles and websites are of particular relevance to your essay: Edward Said’s article in A210A The Realist Novel “Culture and Imperialism” pp. 274-78. Nigel Leask article in Romantic Writings “Colonialism and the Exotic” pp. 223-46. Rene Wellek ‘s article in Romantic Writings “The concept of Romanticism in literary history” pp. 325-38. Raymond Schwab in Romantic Writings “The Oriental Renaissance” pp. 292-99. S.T. Coleridge, “Kubla Khan”; Shelley “Ozymandias”; Thomas De Quincey, “The Confessions of an English Opium Eater”, Byron, “The Corsair”. http://www.1001inventions.com/

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