History, Theory, Politics
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
From the Publisher:
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 re-imaginings 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. Contributors to this groundbreaking work provide a complex and historically situated genealogy for the critique of orientalism by examining the divergence of the British and the French colonial experiences and by investigating the colonial forms of knowledge that emerged in each of these broad imperial modes. 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.
About the Editors:
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, 18701920.