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Orientalism : A Reader

Orientalism : A Reader - 00 edition

Orientalism : A Reader - 00 edition

ISBN13: 9780814756652

ISBN10: 0814756654

Orientalism : A Reader by Alexander Lyon Macfie - ISBN 9780814756652
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: New York University Press
Published: 2000
International: No
Orientalism : A Reader by Alexander Lyon Macfie - ISBN 9780814756652

ISBN13: 9780814756652

ISBN10: 0814756654

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 00

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Summary

In the period of decolonization that followed World War II, a number of scholars, mainly Middle Eastern, launched a sustained assault on Orientalismthe theory and practice of representing the "East" in Western thoughtaccusing its practitioners of misrepresentation, prejudice and bias. An intense debate ensued, involving not only Orientalists but historians, sociologists, anthropologists, literary critics, scholars of cultural studies and gender studies as well as the news media.

Orientalism: A Reader provides students, scholars and general readers alike with a selection of key readings from this debate, covering a range of areas including myth, imperialism, the cultural perspective, Marxist interpretation and feminist approaches. The aim is to introduce the origins and character of the debate on Orientalism, providing a useful overview of a controversial and problematic concept from a multidisciplinary perspective. Coverage begins with late 19th-century material from thinkers such as Hegel and Marx, and moves through extracts from Nietzsche, Gramsci and Foucault to contemporary work from, Brian Turner, John Mackenzie and Edward Said. As well as a general introduction, each section and extract is introduced and there is a detailed guide to further reading.

Author Bio

Macfie, Alexander Lyon :

Alexander Lyon Macfie has written widely on the modern history of Turkey and the Middle East. His most recent book is The End of the Ottoman Empire.