Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aesthetic Form, al-Shidyaq to Darwish

Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aesthetic Form, al-Shidyaq to Darwish

Jeffrey Sacks


In a sequence of beautiful shut readings of Arabic and Arab Jewish writing, Jeffrey Sacks considers the relation of poetic assertion to person and collective loss, the dispossession of peoples and languages, and singular occasions of destruction within the 19th, 20th, and twenty-first centuries. Addressing the paintings of Mahmoud Darwish, Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, Elias Khoury, Edmond Amran El Maleh, Shimon Ballas, and Taha Husayn, Sacks demonstrates the reiterated incursion of loss into the time of life-losses that language declines to mourn. Language happens because the new release of loss, confounding its domestication within the kind of the monolingual kingdom within the Arabic 19th century's fallout.

Reading the overdue lyric poetry of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish when it comes to the destruction of Palestine in 1948, Sacks reconsiders the 19th century Arabic nahda and its relation to colonialism, philology, and the eu Enlightenment. He argues that this occasion is certainly one of catastrophic loss, in which the prior abruptly looks as though it belonged to a different time. interpreting al-Shidyaq's al-Saq 'ala al-saq (1855) and the legacies to which it issues in post-1948 writing in Arabic, Hebrew, and French, Sacks underlines a displacement and relocation of the Arabic observe adab and its perform, providing a singular contribution to Arabic and heart East experiences, serious concept, poetics, aesthetics, and comparative literature.

Drawing on writings of Jacques Derrida, Walter Benjamin, Avital Ronell, Judith Butler, Theodor Adorno, and Edward W. Said, Iterations of Loss indicates that language interrupts its pacification as an occasion of aesthetic coherency, to signify that literary comparability doesn't privilege a renewed giving of experience yet supplies position to a brand new feel of relation.

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