The Between Western Languages And Western Cultures

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Literature, and particularly drama, is an important medium in which cultures express their own concepts of time, through the use of different narrative forms, such as myths, history, realistic or naturalistic novels. As Ricoeur maintains, "it is evident that no culture can refer back to its own conception of time without having resort to the vital 'narrative ' activity which, linguistically, is expressed in an immense variety of stories , i.e. of narrative discourse" (18). That is, oral traditions of many cultures could reveal the particular time concepts of each culture. It is true, however, that Western cultures tend to measure other societies against their own concepts of time, which, as Aguessy maintains, are "measured solely in terms of industrialization"( Ricoeur 19). The West also assumes that most cultures went through the same process of rationalization on the path to modernity. In addition, Western languages are different in the sense that they "make no distinction, for example, between God and the demiurge who watches over the material and spiritual universe"(Ricoeur 21). It will thus be worthwhile to note how different cultures and religious backgrounds recreate the concept of time in their writings, and how in many instances the colonized and the colonizer have diverse readings of the concept of time. Western and Arab thought have been greatly influenced by values from the Bible and Koran, respectively. The advent of Christianity , for example, has…
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