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New Literature and Philosophy of the Middle East

The Chaotic Imagination

New Literature and Philosophy of the Middle East
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In an inspired piece of criticism, Mohaghegh tracks the idea of chaos into the contemporary philosophical and cultural imagination of the so-called 'Third Worlds', exploring its vital role in the formation of an emergent avant-garde literature.  Concentrating on writings of the twentieth-century Middle Eastern new wave, including the chaotic configurations of Sadeq Hedayat and Ahmad Shamlu, Mohaghegh uncovers provocative experiments with the outer boundaries of thought and text. What surfaces, in the end, is a rising language of blindness and burial, one that has cast an enigmatic shadow across the future of world literature. 

Palgrave Macmillan; November 2010
249 pages; ISBN 9780230114418
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