Hermeneutics of Orientalism


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Hafiz Mohd Arif Nadvi

Dr. Hafiz Mohd Arif is Head, Department of Languages, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Integral University. He was born and brought up in Sitapur, UP India. Dr. Arif was primarily educated at Darul Uloom Nedwatul Ulema, Lucknow. He studied English Literature from University of Lucknow and was awarded the Doctoral Degree in English by Integral University, Lucknow in 2015. The subject of his research was “Orientalism in American Literature between the Revolution and the Civil War.” He was appointed as Lecturer in English at Islamic Institution, Darul – Uloom Nedwatul Ulema, Lucknow where he taught English and Arabic to foreign students. His area of specialization is in Islamic and Oriental Studies, American Literature and Communication theories.


An attempt has been made in the following pages to study and explore “Orientalism in American Literature Between the American Revolution and the Civil War.” American Orientalism is a lesser known and critically unexplored aspect of American literary studies simply because it has been overshadowed by the so-called British Orientalism, coming into broader and critically prominent focus because of Edward Said who emerged as one of the seminal literary critics and theorists of the last quarter of the twentieth century. It is rightly said that theory is dominated by foreign names: Michel Foucault, Althusser, Gramsci, Derrida, Edward Said, Lacan, Homi K. Bhabha, G. C. Spivak, etc. The influence of Said’s acknowledged intellectual mentors, including Antonio Gramsci, Theodore W. Adorno, Raymond Williams and Michel Foucault, led to his anti-authoritarian outlooks.

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