Download PDF by Srinivas Aravamudan: East-West Fiction as World Literature: The Hayy Problem

By Srinivas Aravamudan

From: Eighteenth-Century reports
Volume forty seven, quantity 2, wintry weather 2014
pp. 195-23


This article makes a speciality of the reception historical past of translations of Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy ibn Yaqzan and the way normal theodicy, empiricist experimentalism, and philosophical fiction stimulated eighteenth-century England. Discussing the prestige of Ibn Tufayl’s rules in terms of Edward Pococke, John Locke, Robert Boyle, and Daniel Defoe permits students to head past the East-West dichotomy and as an alternative create a gap from eighteenth-century reviews onto contemporary debates round global literature. utilizing Hayy as a prism, we will comprehend the possibilities in addition to the drawbacks of a global literature paradigm, as theorized by means of Wolfgang von Goethe, Erich Auerbach, and more moderen scholars.


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See Léon Gauthier, ed. and trans. “Hayy ben Yaqdhan”: Roman Philosophique; Texte Arabe, publié d’après un nouveau manuscrit…et traduction française (Algiers: P. Fontana, 1900). 22. Antonio Pastor, The Idea of Robinson Crusoe (Watford: Gongora Press, 1930); Nawal Muhammad Hassan, Hayy bin Yaqzan and Robinson Crusoe: A Study of An Early Arabic Impact on English Literature (Baghdad: Al Rashid House for Publication, 1980); Shelly Ekhtiar, “Hayy Ibn Yaqzan: The Eighteenth-Century Reception of A Self-Taught Oriental Philosopher,” Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth-Century 302 (1992): 217–45; and Mahmoud Baroud, The Shipwrecked Sailor in Arabic and Western Literature: Ibn Tufayl and His Influence on European Writers (London and New York: I.

2 (2007): 243–79; Ahlam Alaki, “Potocki’s Gothic Arabesque: Embedded Narratives and the Treatment of Boundaries in The Manuscript Found in Saragossa (1797–1815),” in European Gothic: A Spirited Exchange, 1760–1960, ed. Avril Horner (Manchester: Manchester Univ. Press, 2002), 183–204; Humberto Garcia, Islam and the English Enlightenment, 1670–1840 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2012); Martin Bernal, Black Athena: The Fabrication of Ancient Greece (Newark, NJ: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1987); and Muhsin Mahdi, ed.

London, 1740). 34. George Keith, trans. An account of the Oriental Philosophy Shewing the Wisdom of some Renowned Men of the East. . (London, 1674), n. p. Keith influenced the use of Hayy by fellow Quaker Robert Barclay, An Apology for the True Christian Divinity (1678). 35. George Ashwell, trans. The History of Hai Eb’n Yockdan, an Indian Prince, or The self-taught Philosopher. . (London, 1686). For a forthcoming article on Keith’s and Ashwell’s “theological bargaining” with Ibn Tufayl, see Claire Gallien and Louisiane Ferlier, “‘Enthusiastick:’ Uses of the Oriental Tale: the English Translations of Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy ibn Yaqdhan in the Eighteenth Century,” 3, 10, 11, 15 (currently under review).

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