Wednesday, December 19, 2012

New Orientalisms for old

Dr Geoff Nash's essay entitled 'New Orientalisms for old: articulations of the East in Raymond Schwab, Edward Said and two nineteenth century French Orientalists' has just been published in Orientalism Revisited: Art, Land and Voyage  (Routledge, 2012). The chapter assesses Edward Said's treatment of Arthur Gobineau's and Ernest Renan's Orientalism - especially the former's reputation as a racist. It concludes that Gobineau was more sympathetic to Middle Eastern peoples than Said or his other critics take him to have been.

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