orientalism orientalism


  1. (n) the scholarly knowledge of Asian cultures and languages and people
  2. (n) the quality or customs or mannerisms characteristic of Asian civilizations


  1. Your condescending 1st world perspective is a variation of orientalism.
  2. Whereas in other artists a love of antiquity resulted in a cool neoclassicism, it became in Delacroix a lush and dazzling orientalism.
  3. The richly colored orientalism of Jrgan Rose's Salome set and costumes, inspired by the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, was especially gorgeous.


  • Joan Acocella: Marius Petipa’s forgotten Orientalist ballets.

    Today, in artistic circles, there are few conventions more deplored than Orientalism, the depiction of the East, especially the Middle East, as a realm of luxury, sensuality, and violence. In the nineteenth century, though, there was nothing that seemed more chic—indeed, more true and beautiful. Orientalism had been . . .
    on February 7, 2014     Source: The New Yorker

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  1. "Chinese scholars often talk about the 'Orientalism' of the West towards China," Woeser said.
    on Mar 8, 2009 By: Öser Source: TopNews

  2. As Dalrymple explains, what really happened doesn't fit any fashionable academic dogmas: "The stories that the collection contains allow the uprising to be seen not in terms of nationalism, imperialism, orientalism or other such abstractions, but...
    on Apr 20, 2007 By: William Dalrymple Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "Since the 1960s," British Arabist Robert Irwin writes in his arresting new book, "Orientalism has been under attack from Islamicists and Marxists, and the word 'Orientalist' has acquired pejorative overtones."
    on Jan 6, 2007 By: Robert Irwin Source: Globe and Mail

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