Editorial, Volume 7, Issue 2

Document Type: Editorial


Department of English, Facalty of Literature and Humanities, Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University, Tabriz, Iran



According to Patrick Colm Hogan, in the US academic context, few people in literary theory or comparative literature have much familiarity with non-Western literary theories, and fewer still have research expertise in the field. While working on a project in non-Western literary theory, he was surprised to find that many of his friends and colleagues found it difficult to understand what non-Western literary theory might be. And when he explained that by non-Western theory he meant theory before European colonialism, he was, more often than not, faced with looks of blank incomprehension. Hogan blames ethnocentrism for this blank incomprehension because “it is at least in part a matter of assuming that theoretical reasoning is somehow peculiarly Western, that abstract reflection must have its source and impetus west of the Black Sea and north of the Mediterranean. It is closely related to the blank incomprehension which greets such phrases as ‘Classical Indian logic,’ ‘Medieval Arabic mathematics,’ and ‘Ancient Chinese empirical science and technology.’”


Article Title [Persian]

سرمقاله، جلد 7، شماره 2

Volume 7, Issue 2
Summer and Autumn 2019
Pages 1-3
  • Receive Date: 26 December 2019
  • Revise Date: 16 January 2020
  • Accept Date: 26 December 2019