Edges of Empire: Orientalism and Visual Culture / Edition 1

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Edges of Empire is a timely reassessment of the history and legacy of Orientalist art and visual culture through its focus on the intersection between modernization, modernism and Orientalism.

  • Covers indigenous art and agency, contemporary practices of collection and display, and a survey of key Orientalist tropes
  • Contains original essays on new perspectives for scholars and students of art history, architecture, museum studies and cultural and postcolonial studies
  • Highlights contested identities and new definitions of self through topics such as 19th century monuments to Empire, cultural cross-dressing, performance and display at the international exhibitions, and contemporary museological practice.
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From the Publisher
"A pioneering collection of essays that offers a truly transnational approach to cross-cultural exchange. With great clarity and imagination, Edges of Empire forces us to re-think Orientalism both historically and politically." Michael Hatt, Yale University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405116893
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: New Interventions in Art History Series , #12
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,350,559
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jocelyn Hackforth-Jones is Professor of Art History and Provost at Richmond, The American International University in London. She is the author of (Re)Forming Identities: Intercultural Education and the Visual Arts (1998).

Mary Roberts is the John Schaeffer Lecturer in British Art at the University of Sydney. She has co-edited two books: Orientalism’s Interlocutors: Painting, Architecture, Photography (2002) and Refracting Vision: Essays on the Writings of Michael Fried (2000).

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface.

List of Illustrations.

Notes on Contributors.


Introduction: Visualising Culture across the Edges of Empire.

(Mary Roberts and Jocelyn Hackforth-Jones).

1. Commemorating the Empire: From Algiers to Damascus.

(Zeynep Çelik).

2. Out of the Earth, Egypt's Statue of Liberty?.

(Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby).

3. Cultural Crossings: Sartorial Adventures, Satiric Narratives and the Question of Indigenous Agency in Nineteenth-Century Europe and the Near East. (Mary Roberts).

4. "Oriental" Femininity as Cultural Commodity: Authorship, Authority and Authenticity. (Reina Lewis).

5. The Sweet Waters of Asia: Representing Difference/Differencing Representation in Nineteenth-Century Istanbul. (Frederick N. Bohrer).

6. The Work of Translation: Turkish Modernism and the "Generation of 1914". (Alastair Wright).

7. Stolen or Shared: Ancient Egypt at the Petrie Museum.

(Sally MacDonald).

8. Andalusia in the Time of the Moors: Regret and Colonial Presence in Paris, 1900. (Roger Benjamin).

Bibliography (Hannah Williams).


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