Brian Yothers1
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  • 1 University of Texas, El Paso
‘Desert of the Blest’
Poe‘s Anti-Representational Invocations of the Near East
in Gothic Studies
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Poe‘s poetry and fiction are full of cultural and religious references to the Near East. This essay suggests that Poe‘s invocations of the Near East are part of a deliberately anti-representational strategy for dealing with cultural difference that constitutes part of Poe‘s understanding of one of his most central concepts, the ‘arabesque’. This anti-representational strategy is built on Poe‘s sympathetic reading of texts associated with the Near East, Islam, and Arab and Persian cultures.

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