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Orientalism and the Postcolonial Condition in Asia Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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The Orient is not only adjacent to Europe; it is also the place of Europe’s greatest and richest and oldest colonies, the source of its civilizations and languages, its cultural contestant, and one of its deepest and most recurring images of the Other. Edward W. Said. Orientalism . New York: Pantheon Books, 1978, page 1. Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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By Orientalism I mean several things, all of them, in my opinion, interdependent. The most readily accepted designation for Orientalism is an academic one, and indeed the label still serves in a number of academic institutions. Anyone who teaches, writes about, or researches the Orient--and this applies whether the person is an anthropologist, sociologist, historian, or philologist--either in its speciFc or its general aspects, is an Orientalist, and what he or she does is Orientalism. Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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Orientalism is a style of thought based upon an ontological and epistemological distinction made between "the Orient" and (most of the time) "the Occident." Thus a very large mass of writers, among whom are poets, novelists, philosophers, political theorists, economists, and imperial administrators, have accepted the basic distinction between East and West as the starting point for elaborate theories, epics, novels, social descriptions, and political accounts concerning the Orient, its people, customs, "mind," destiny, and so on. Edward W. Said. Orientalism . New York: Pantheon Books, 1978, page 2 Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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Here I come to the third meaning of Orientalism, which is something more historically and materially deFned than either of the other two. Taking the late eighteenth century as a very roughly deFned starting point
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This note was uploaded on 12/17/2010 for the course ASIA 150 taught by Professor Hewison during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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