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Volume :10 Issue : 38 1990      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Methodological Underpinnings: The Prejudices of Western Literary Criticism (in Arabic)

Auther : Sa'd Abdul-Rahman AI-Bazi'i

This paper attempts an answer to the highly important question of whether the methods of Western literary criticism are so rooted in their cultural ambiance that it is impossible to deploy them in a different cultural context, such as that of Arabic culture, without incurring a deep transformation either in those methods or in the context to which they are introduced? To this question, the paper answers positively, and proceeds to ground its thesis in a discussion of four major critical methods in the West: formalism, structuralism, marxism, and deconstruction.

The paper opens with a brief historical mapping that sheds light on the fact that Arabo-Islamic thought has, since the beginning of its contacts with Greek culture, dealt with the question of methodical prejudice, and that a number of major Arab and Muslim thinkers have agreed that methods are necessarily bound to their cultures.

Following that, the paper discusses the formalist approach as exemplified in the work of Northrop Frye, where we find illustrated the religious-philosophical background of some of the underpinnings of the formalist method. Biblical exegeses as well as the philosophical principles of someone like the Jewish thinker Spinoza are discussed in the context of  highlighting the religious-secular tensions governing both formalism and the approach evolving out of it, structuralism.

Marxist and deconstructionist critics offer a great help in uncovering the typical problems of the formalist and structuralist methods. But both marxism and deconstruction are no less grounded in the same cultural milieu and its problematics. The deconstructionists are particularly aware of this as they focus on the specifically Western problem, affecting both philosophy and literary criticism, of a highly secularized culture which cannot part with its lurking metaphysical content. Such a problem, as the paper concludes, is highly irrelevant in an Arabo-Islamic context, and the adoption of a Western critical method affected by such a problem is therefore bound, consciously or not, to bring a culturally different system.

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