16 Facts About Orientalism


Orientalism refers to the Orient, in reference and opposition to the Occident; the East and the West, respectively.

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The thesis of Orientalism develops Antonio Gramsci's theory of cultural hegemony, and Michel Foucault's theorisation of discourse to criticise the scholarly tradition of Oriental studies.

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Orientalism was greatly struck by what he saw, comparing the North African way of life to that of the Ancient Romans, and continued to paint subjects from his trip on his return to France.

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Orientalism hoped to find more authentic settings and decor for Biblical subjects at their original location, though his death prevented more than studies being made.

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Orientalism's A Street Scene in Cairo; The Lantern-Maker's Courtship is a rare contemporary narrative scene, as the young man feels his fiance's face, which he is not allowed to see, through her veil, as a Westerner in the background beats his way up the street with his stick.

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Irish Orientalism had a particular character, drawing on various beliefs about early historical links between Ireland and the East, few of which are now regarded as historically correct.

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Orientalism is traceable in music that is considered to have effects of exoticism, including the Japonisme in Claude Debussy's piano music all the way to the sitar being used in recordings by the Beatles.

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Orientalism portrayed its culture as morally corrupting and suffused with dangerously alluring eroticism.

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Orientalism's dances were not authentic; she drew inspiration from photographs, books, and later from museums in Europe.

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Orientalism included Radha and The Cobras in her 'Indian' program in 1906.

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Under the adopted view of Islam under the Western context, Orientalism falls under the category of the Western perspective of thinking that shifts through social constructs that refers towards representations of the religion or culture in a subjective view point.

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The term Orientalism, depicts further into the historical context of antagonism and misrepresentation into the tendencies of a growing layer of Western inclusion and influence on foreign culture and ideals.

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The approach with the generalization of the term Orientalism was embedded with under beginning of colonialism as the root of the main complexity of within modern societies perspectives of foreign cultures.

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Concept of Orientalism has been adopted by scholars in East-Central and Eastern Europe, among them Maria Todorova, Attila Melegh, Tomasz Zarycki, and Dariusz Skorczewski as an analytical tool for exploring the images of East-Central and Eastern European societies in cultural discourses of the West in the 19th century and during the Soviet domination.

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Edward Said has been accused of Occidentalizing the west in his critique of Orientalism; of being guilty of falsely characterizing the West in the same way that he accuses Western scholars of falsely characterizing the East.

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Much of Said's criticism of Western Orientalism is based on what he describes as articularizing trends.

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