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Genealogies of Orientalism: History, Theory, Politics

Genealogies of Orientalism: History, Theory, Politics

by Edmund Burke III PhD, David Prochaska


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Orientalism, as explored by Edward Said in 1978, was a far more complex phenomenon than many suspected, being homogenous along the lines of neither culture nor time. Instead, it is deeply embedded in the collective reimaginings that were—and are—nationalism. The dozen essays in Genealogies of Orientalism argue that the critique of orientalism, far from being exhausted, must develop further. To do so, however, a historical turn must be made, and the ways in which modernity itself is theorized and historicized must be rethought.

According to Joan W. Scott, author of The Politics of the Veil, the essays in this collection “develop a remarkable perspective on Edward Said’s Orientalism, placing it in a long historical context of critiques of colonial representations, and deepening our understanding of the very meaning of modernity.” Looking beyond the usual geography of colonial theory, this work broadens the focus from the Middle East and India to other Asian societies. By exploring orientalism in literary and artistic representations of colonial subjects, the authors illuminate the multifaceted ways in which modern cultures have drawn on orientalist images and indigenous self-representations. It is in this complex, cross-cultural collision that the overlapping of orientalism and nationalism can be found.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803213425
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 07/01/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 460
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Edmund Burke III is a professor of history and the director of the Center for World History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the editor (with David N. Yaghoubian) of Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East, second edition.
David Prochaska is an associate professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Making Algeria French: Colonialism in Bône, 1870–1920.
Contributors include: Edmund Burke III, Zeynep Çelik, Alan Christy, Bernard S. Cohn, Fanny Colonna, Nicholas Dirks, Arif Dirlik, Leila Kinney, David Ludden, David Prochaska, Jenny Sharpe, Ella Shohat, and Julia Clancy-Smith.

Table of Contents




Introduction: Genealogies of Orientalism 

Edmund Burke III and David Prochaska


Part 1. History

1. Orientalist Empiricism: Transformations of Colonial Knowledge 

David Ludden

2. The Command of Language and the Language of Command     

Bernard S. Cohn

3. The Sociology of Islam: The French Tradition

Edmund Burke III

4. Scientific Production and Position in the Intellectual and Political Fields: The Cases of Augustin Berque and Joseph Desparmet     

Fanny Colonna


Part 2. Culture

5. The "Passionate Nomad" Reconsidered: A European Woman in l'Algérie française (Isabelle Eberhardt, 1877-1904)     

Julia Clancy-Smith

6. The Unspeakable Limits of Rape: Colonial Violence and Counterinsurgency   

Jenny Sharpe

7. Telling Photos

David Prochaska

8. Ethnography and Exhibitionism at the Expositions Universelles

Zeynep Çelik and Leila Kinney


Part 3. Power

9. Orientalist Counterpoints and Postcolonial Politics: Caste, Community, and Culture in Tamil India

Nicholas B. Dirks

10. Taboo Memories and Diasporic Visions: Columbus, Palestine, and Arab-Jews 

Ella Shohat

11. Chinese History and the Question of Orientalism  

Arif Dirlik

12. Profiteering Women and Primitive Communists: Propriety and Scandal in Interwar Japanese Studies of Okinawa     

Alan S. Christy


Source Acknowledgments 



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