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Land and mind
Bsaithi Omar

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Land and mind
Kenneth White's geopoetics in the Arabian context
by Bsaithi Omar.

Published 2008 by Cambridge Scholars Pub. in Newcastle .
Written in English.

About the Book

This book is both a study of the work of the Scottish writer, Kenneth White, in thought, travel writing and poetry, and an application of one of White’s main concepts, geopoetics, to Charles Doughty’ Arabia Deserta.
It is a largely forgotten fact that Doughty considered all his travels to be leading up to an ars poetica. Omar Bsaïthi’s thesis is that Arabia Deserta is a superb example of geopoetics in action
The result of the meeting of White and Doughty orchestrated by Bsaïthi is not only the reinterpretation of an English classic and perhaps a renewal of Arab studies, it is an introduction, via the writings of Kenneth White, to a regrounded field of culture.
In his presentation of geopoetics and intellectual nomadism, Bsaithi draws attention both to the nature of discontent felt in the Western culture and civilization in the postmodern era, and to the possible forms of encounter between figures highly representative of the Western mind, searching for the “ways out”, and other cultural spaces.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [187]-189).

                                      Table of Contents

Foreword p.4
Introduction p.5
PART ONE The Theory and Practice of Geopoetics Chapter One The Way to a New Unity p.13 Chapter Two A Quiet Apocalypse :The Far West Monk p.25 Chapter Three Nomadic Thought p.43 Chapter Four The Plateau of the Albatross p.64 Chapter Five At the Far Edge of Literature p.89

PART TWO Geopoetics in the Arabian Context
Chapter One The Genesis of a Journey p.126 Chapter Two Kenneth White’s Geopoetics in Doughty’s Arabia Deserta 1 - Approaching the Land p.156 2 – Thinking the Land p.179 3 – A Language for the Land p.205

Conclusion p.233

Bibliography p .239

Appendix Kenneth White: A Biographical Sketch p.243


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PR6073.H5 Z82 2008

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