Gendering Orientalism: Race, Femininity and Representation [NOOK Book]

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To what extent did white European women contribute to the imperial cultures of the second half of the nineteenth century? In contrast to most cultural histories of imperialism, which analyse Orientalist images of rather than by women, Gendering Orientalism focuses on how women themselves contributed. Drawing on the little-known work of Henriette Browne, other 'lost' women Orientalist artists and the literary works of George Eliot, the author challenges masculinist assumptions relating to the stability and ...
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Overview

To what extent did white European women contribute to the imperial cultures of the second half of the nineteenth century? In contrast to most cultural histories of imperialism, which analyse Orientalist images of rather than by women, Gendering Orientalism focuses on how women themselves contributed. Drawing on the little-known work of Henriette Browne, other 'lost' women Orientalist artists and the literary works of George Eliot, the author challenges masculinist assumptions relating to the stability and homogeneity of the Orientalist gaze. Gendering Orientalism argues that women did not have straight-forward access to an implicitly male 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. In order to draw out how the meanings attributed to their words and images, as well as to the writers and artists themselves, were specifically gendered, classed and racialized, the author examines women's visual and literary Orientalism through their contemporary reception in the press. By revealing the extent of women's involvement in the popular field of visual Orientalism and highlighting the presence of Orientalist themes and structures in the work of Browne, Eliot and Charlotte Bronte, Gendering Orientalism argues for a more complex understanding of women's role in imperial culture and discourse. The book should appeal to all students and lecturers in cultural studies, literature, art history, women's studies and visual anthropology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136164750
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 328
  • File size: 6 MB

Table of Contents

List of plates
Acknowledgements
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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