Our August Book of the Month is Intercultural Geopoetics in Kenneth White's Open World by Mohammed Hashas.
Geopoetics is a movement and creative project concerned with reconnecting human beings to the natural world and reinvigorating our understanding of the spaces and places in which we dwell. Largely associated with the Scottish poet Kenneth White and his Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, this project has spawned a vast, interdisciplinary body of scholarship that draws upon science, philosophy, and literary theory to push the latent possibilities of our relationship with the earth, and with each other.
Amongst this scholarship, Hashas’ book stands out as a landmark contribution. Hashas not only provides a critical overview and analysis of geopoetics, but also shows how White’s writing points us towards a more harmonious, fulfilling future. In the words of Elizabeth Rimmer, poet and member of White’s Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, it is no less than “the book we have been waiting for; a template for taking geopoetics further.”
This work introduces Kenneth White’s geopoetics as a radical, postmodern interdisciplinary and intercultural project that reclaims the return to communication with the earth, nature, wo-man, and the self as part of a cosmic unity approach. It traces geopoetics’ beginnings, key concepts, territories and trajectories, aims, and perspectives. Geopoetics is shown here to be a cosmopolitan project for a more open and harmonious world, which buries narrow-mindedness and offers new horizons.
To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.
We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this book throughout August. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMAUG18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st September 2018.
Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving from academics, journalists, and government officials alike:
“Hashas’ reading of Kenneth White’s project is a worthwhile contribution to laying the foundation for a better understanding between cultures, namely the Arab-Islamic culture and Western culture.”
--Khalid Hajji, President of the Brussels Forum of Wisdom and World Peace
“White’s geopoetics deserves our attention in this hasty world that is losing values, connectedness, and humanness, and Hashas renders us this service intelligently in this work.”
--Francesca M. Corrao, Professor of Arabic Language and Culture, LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome
“Kenneth White’s exploration of Arabic culture has been less developed than that of Asia and of the Inuit in the West. Hashas, who has been initiated to geopoetics by a former student of Kenneth White, seems naturally destined to pursue the path of the Poet and Thinker as developed also by the International Institute of Geopoetics.”
--Michèle Duclos, Retired Senior Lecturer, Bordeaux Montaigne University, France; author of Kenneth White, nomade intellectual, poète du monde (2006).
“Enthusiasts of White’s ground-breaking synthesis of science, philosophy and poetry have long felt the need of a thorough academic structural outline of his thinking that would not only serve as a commentary on White’s oeuvre, but also provide a template for taking geopoetics further. In Intercultural Geopoetics, Mohammed Hashas has written the book we have been waiting for; it is a considerable achievement.”
--Elizabeth Rimmer, poet and member of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics
“Intercultural Geopoetics in Kenneth White's Open World represents a valuable contribution to the study of space, intersecting in a homogeneous and harmonious way the different literary, philosophical and geocultural perspectives that a meticulous study of geopoetics requires.”
--Simone Sibilio, Reset, 30/01/2018