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Borrowed Imagination: The British Romantic Poets and Their Arabic-Islamic Sources (Paperback)
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Borrowed Imagination: The British Romantic Poets and Their Arabic-Islamic Sources (Paperback)

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Borrowed Imagination: The British Romantic Poets and Their Arabic-Islamic Sources examines masterpieces of English Romantic poetry and shows the Arabic and Islamic sources that inspired Coleridge, Wordsworth, Blake, Shelley, Keats, and Byron when composing their poems in the eighteenth, or early nineteenth century. Critics have documented Greek and Roman sources but turned a blind eye to nonwestern materials at a time when the romantic poets were reading them. The book shows how the Arabic-Islamic sources had helped the British Romantic Poets not only in finding their own voices, but also their themes, metaphors, symbols, characters and images. The British Romantic Poets and Their Arabic-Islamic Sources is of interest to scholars in English and comparative literature, literary studies, philosophy, religion, government, history, cultural, and Middle Eastern studies and the general public.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498550468
Number of pages: 246
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 230 x 151 x 17 mm


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This erudite study is the genesis of careful consideration over some years. In Borrowed Imagination, Attar brings to bear an impressive array of works by the British Romantic poets and Islamic-Arab sources. This work could be only undertaken by a scholar with an impressive knowledge of both Western and Eastern literature. Attar is one of the few scholars in the field today who can claim such credentials. . . .Attar's work is a major step toward rectifying the lacuna in acknowledging and recognizing Arab-Islamic influences on Western literature. . . .Borrowed Imagination should become essential reading for anyone studying or writing about the Romantic poets. It not only widens our understanding of the Romantic poets and their work but also draws attention to the centuries old interaction of West and East. * Arab Studies Quarterly *
Samar Attar's Borrowed Imagination challenges the pervasive assumption that British Romantic poets depended almost exclusively on philosophical, religious, and literary sources from the West... By tracing specific references to these sources, tropes associated with orientalism, and narrative patterns that may indicate the possibility of direct or indirect influence, Attar generates a wealth of possible leads for further scholarly study and offers a comparative analysis of major works in British Romantic literature. * Journal of Romanticism *
Many scholars have speculated on the influence of the Arabian Nights and other works of Arabic literature on the British romantic poets. With the publication of Samar Attar's Borrowed Imagination, such speculations can now move into the realm of certitude. Attar makes a cogent and compelling case for taking the Arabic genealogy of many of the romantic poets' literary sources of inspiration seriously. This is a major contribution to the study of the interconnectedness of humanistic enterprises and the politics of engaging it. -- Asma Afsaruddin, Indiana University
An extensive, intellectual history, richly contextualised, of the Romantic period in English literature, Attar's work demands that we take note of the multiple Arab sources of the celebrated Romantic imagination. Exhaustively researched, detailed accounts of influences on the poets Coleridge, Wordsworth, Blake, Keats, Shelley, and Byron fill an important gap in our understanding of the Romantics. Scholars will also find the central role of the One Thousand and One Nights in the themes and imagery of Romantic poetry provocative. -- Geetha Ramanathan, West Chester University

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