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Querying the Origins of Orientalism: Recent Approaches to the History of Representations

Biedermann, Z; (2019) Querying the Origins of Orientalism: Recent Approaches to the History of Representations. Ler História , 74 pp. 261-275. 10.4000/lerhistoria.4964. Green open access

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Abstract

This review article draws attention to two recent publications with a potential to revive the debate around the origins of Orientalism, Ângela Xavier and Ines Zupanov’s Catholic Orientalism (2015) and Sanjay Subrahmanyam’s Europe’s India (2017). Both books set out to respond to Said from a distance, by exploring stories of pre-British imperial knowledge making in Asia. Whilst the focus in Catholic Orientalism is on Portuguese (and some Italian, Spanish and French) materials, Europe’s India casts its net more widely also to include British writings. Both books attempt to create some clarity in a field particularly fraught with confusion, especially when it comes to representations of India’s religions. The most promising aspects to take note of are the appearance of new primary materials especially in Portugal, and the increasing intertwinement of European biographies with Asian societal and cultural processes.

Type: Article
Title: Querying the Origins of Orientalism: Recent Approaches to the History of Representations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4000/lerhistoria.4964
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.4000/lerhistoria.4964
Language: English
Additional information: © 2019 ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa. Ler História está licenciado com uma Licença Creative Commons - Atribuição-NãoComercial 4.0 Internacional (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).
Keywords: cultural history, early modernity, travel literature, orientalism, India
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10077546
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