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Land and Mind: Kenneth White's Geopoetics in the Arabian Context
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Land and Mind: Kenneth White's Geopoetics in the Arabian Context (Hardback)

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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 Bsaithi'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 Bsaithi 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."

-Khalid Hajji, Professor at Mohamed 1rst University, Oujda, Morocoo "It is the merit of Mr Omar Bsaithi's book to focus on a Franco-Scottish poet to establish an unprecedented correlation with Charles Doughty, author of Travels in Arabia Deserta. By so doing, he applies a method which belongs to Kenneth White's own geopoetic practice: in a different and a priori foreign cultural context, he reveals similitudes and links through the study of a deeper and more poetic relation to terrestrial space." -Laurent Margantin, Universite de La Reunion

Omar Bsaithi is professor of English at Mohammed I University, Oujda, Morocco. Land and mind is his first major publication. In 2006, he founded a multidisciplinary research team, Space and Culture, which aims at opening up new horizons in the field of humanities namely by exploring new correlations.

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