Gendering Orientalism: Race, Femininity, and Representation / Edition 1

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In contrast to most cultural histories of imperialism, which analyse Orientalist images of rather than by women, Gendering Orientalism focuses on the contributions of women themselves. Drawing on the little-known work of Henriette Browne, other 'lost' women Orientlist artists and the literary works of George Eliot, Reina Lewis challenges masculinist assumptions relating to the stability and homogeneity of the Orientalist gaze.
Gendering Orientalism argues that women did not have a straightforward access to an implicitly nale position of western superiority, Their relationship to the shifting terms of race, nation and gender produced positions from which women writers and artists could articulate alternative representations of racial difference. It is this different, and often less degrading, gaze on the Orientalized 'Other' that is analysed in this book. By revealing the extent of women's involvement in the popular field of visual Orientalism and highlighting the presence of Orientalist themes in the work of Browne, Eliot and Charlotte Bronte, reina Lewis uncovers women's roles in imperial culture and discourse.
Gendering Orientalism will appeal to students, lecturers and researchers in cultural studies, literature, art history, women's studies and anthropology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415124904
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Series: Gender, Racism, Ethnicity Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Introduction: making connections 1
1 Race - femininity - representation 12
Said's Orientalism and his critics 15
Problems with the 'death of the Author' 22
Writers, readers and critics 30
Women representing the other: Villette 35
2 Professional opportunities for women in art and literature 53
The separate spheres: problems of a professional identity 53
Opportunities for women in art 56
Opportunities for women in literature 67
Nation, empire and culture 73
3 Gender, genre and nation: Henriette Browne, the making of a woman Orientalist artist 85
The reception of Browne's religious works in Britain and France 86
Making a name: the establishment of Browne's artistic identity in Britain 97
Orientalism in the visual arts 109
4 'Only women should go to Turkey's: Henriette Browne and the female Orientalist gaze 127
Critical responses to Browne's Harem Interiors, 1861 129
Using experience to challenge stereotypes: women write about the harem 144
The female gaze 161
From the subjective to the objective: ethnographic discourses of race and nation 171
The problematic authority of the female Orientalist gaze 178
5 Aliens at home and Britons abroad: George Eliot's Orientalization of Jews in Daniel Deronda 191
Evolution, organicism, fiction and Jews: contemporary responses to Daniel Deronda 193
Daniel Deronda and the formation of an Anglo-Jewish identity 201
George Eliot and Jewish sources 207
Shifting stereotypes: origins, heredity, identity 212
Distance and difference: the problems of reading Daniel Deronda 221
Afterword: Gendering Orientalism 236
Select bibliography 242
Index 259
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