Irısh poet J.C. Mangan’s views on the east within the frame of the oriental renaissance

Birlik, Nurten
Arıkan, Arda
Irish poet J.C. Mangan (1803- 1849) wrote poetry about the Orient in a non-Orientalist mode of thinking. His ideas about the non-West make more sense if we locate him in the Oriental Renaissance movement of his time. This counter movement, which critiqued the givens of modernity, and the way the East was represented in the West underlined the operating mechanisms of the Enlightenment ideology which defined for the Easterners what/ who they were. In this mode of thinking, although Mangan acknowledged the flaws of the Eastern traditions, he placed the East on an equal footing with the West. In his prose work, he went so far as to say that “the Mind… looks rather Eastward than Northward.” Interestingly enough, he also poeticised his views about the Orient; a case in point is Suleiman, who appears as the source of solution to the impasse of the West in his “The Time of the Roses.” This paper will give an overview of his ideas on the East offering a close reading of his poem “The Time of the Roses,” and argue that Mangan establishes an alternative vantage point to approach the East, which is almost untainted by the ills of the West and the hierarchies established by the Eurocentric gaze.
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N. Birlik and A. Arıkan, “Irısh poet J.C. Mangan’s views on the east within the frame of the oriental renaissance,” presented at the Proceedings of the International Conference Thailand, 2018, Bangkok, Thailand, 2018, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: