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Decadent Orientalisms: The Decay of Colonial Modernity

David Fieni


This book explores the confluence of decadence and Orientalism since the mid-nineteenth century in French and Arabic writing. It demonstrates how French Orientalism set the terms of modernity for Arab and Muslim thinkers and writers, but also how the latter responded to and transformed these terms. The book argues that Orientalism is doubly decadent: it describes the supposedly inherent degeneration of the Semitic and the “Oriental,” and in so doing Orientalism attempts to contribute to the decay of these societies. Through comparative close readings of French, Francophone, and Arabic texts, t ... More

Keywords: Arabic literature, colonial modernity, decadence, Francophone literature, Islam, language politics, Maghreb, Orientalism, philology, secularism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823286409
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823286409.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Fieni, author
State University of New York, Oneonta

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