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  • n. In the figurative arts, the tendency to represent eastern subjects, to assume stylistical characteristics original of the East.


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From French orientalisme, from oriental ("eastern, Oriental").


  • The term orientalism described a structured set of concepts, assumptions, and discursive practices that were used to produce, interpret, and evaluate knowledge about non-European peoples.


  • In short, while Professor Lewis is entirely right in pointing out the scholarly achievements and, in many ways, the intellectual probity and generosity of what we call orientalism, he may have given short shrift to the anxiety, the fears, the expectations of the contemporary Muslim world which are also genuine and respectable feelings, even if expressed at times in sadly and unnecessarily angry terms.

    Orientalism: An Exchange

  • If Moore's orientalism is a vehicle or disguise with which to express "homefelt" sentiments on religious tolerance, then what is gained and what is lost in such a cloaking?

    Irish Odalisques and Other Seductive Figures: Thomas Moore

  • To compensate, Moore covers the surfaces of his poem with details, to create the illusion of a depth that is impossible by definition in orientalism.

    Irish Odalisques and Other Seductive Figures: Thomas Moore

  • Review: Ernest Gellner - WSJ. com - "He did, however, make a strong case that the whole theory of" orientalism "- Said's idea that Western interpretations and depictions of the East were designed not to understand the East but to control it-was based on erroneous assumptions about the political power of literature.


  • He did, however, make a strong case that the whole theory of "orientalism"

    A Combatant in the Battle of Ideas

  • This was a controversial notion then and is even more so in our post - "9/11" world, when eurocentrism and "orientalism" have become academic bugbears.

    A Battle of Long-Running Interest

  • By posing the question “Can the subaltern speak?” she asks whether the scholarly interest in non-Western cultures may unwittingly reproduce a new kind of orientalism, whereby academic theorists mine non-Western sources in order to speak authoritatively in their place.


  • Of Mayfield, one of his friends, who twenty years afterwards accompanied him there to see it, remarks on the small, solitary, and now wretched-looking cottage, where all the fine "orientalism" and "sentimentalism" had been engendered.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865

  • First we have what may be broadly termed "orientalism," which includes the Hindu, Moorish, Siamese, and Gypsy, the latter embracing most of southeastern European (Roumania, etc.) types.

    Critical and Historical Essays Lectures delivered at Columbia University


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