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Lisa Lowe, Critical Terrains: French and British Orientalisms (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991). Critical Terrains has often been considered—depending on the reader’s viewpoint —as a feminist extension, critique, or correction of Said’s Orientalism . Since Lowe, in this and subsequent work, has established herself as a major feminist cultural critic, this book deserves to be viewed in a more nuanced light than as a feminist footnote to Orientalism . At its outset, she lays out both her debt to Orientalism and her departure from Said’s approach: “Although this project has benefitted from the critique established in Orientalism …my study ultimately challenges that work to the extent that I query the assumption that orientalism monolithically constructs the Orient as the Other of the Occident.” Instead, she introduces what she describes as the “ distinct range of concerns with difference ” that can be found in various Orientalist texts. She re-reads several authors in the British and French

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