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Edges of Empire: Orientalism and Visual Culture

ISBN: 978-1-4051-1689-3
240 pages
September 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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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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    Series Editor's Preface.

    List of Illustrations.

    Notes on Contributors.

    Acknowledgements.

    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).

    Index.

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    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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    • Offers a timely reassessment of the history and legacy of Orientalist art and visual culture
    • 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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    "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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