Deploying Orientalism in Culture and History

December 2013
2 line illustrations
268 pages
9x6 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571135759
Format: Hardback
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Camden House
BISAC LIT004170, LIT006000

Deploying Orientalism in Culture and History

From Germany to Central and Eastern Europe

Edited by James Hodkinson, John Walker, Shaswati Mazumdar and Johannes Feichtinger

Focuses on the cultural, philosophical, political, and scholarly uses of "orientalism" in the German-speaking and Central and Eastern European worlds from the late eighteenth century to the present day.
The concept and study of orientalism in Western culture gained a changed understanding from Edward Said's now iconic 1978 book Orientalism. However, recent debate has moved beyond Said's definition of the phenomenon, highlighting the multiple forms of orientalism within the "West," the manifold presence of the "East" in the Western world, indeed the epistemological fragility of the ideas of "Occident" and "Orient" as such.
This volume focuses on the deployment -- here the cultural, philosophical, political, and scholarly uses -- of "orientalism" in the German-speaking and Central and Eastern European worlds from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Its interdisciplinary approach combines distinguished contributions by Indian scholars, who approach the topic of orientalism through the prism of German studies as practiced in Asia, with representative chapters by senior German, Austrian, and English-speaking scholars working at the intersection of German and oriental studies.

Contributors: Anil Bhatti, Michael Dusche, Johannes Feichtinger, Johann Heiss, James Hodkinson, Kerstin Jobst, Jon Keune, Todd Kontje, Margit Köves, Sarah Lemmen, Shaswati Mazumdar, Jyoti Sabarwal, Ulrike Stamm, John Walker.

James Hodkinson is Associate Professor in German Studies at Warwick University. John Walker is Senior Lecturer in European Cultures and Languages at Birkbeck College, University of London. Shaswati Mazumdar is Professor in German at the University of Delhi. Johannes Feichtinger is a Researcher at the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

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Table of Contents

(Re)translating the West: Humboldt, Habermas, and Intercultural Dialogue
Friedrich Schlegel's Writings on India: Reimagining Germany as Europe's True Oriental Self
Germany's Local Orientalisms
Tales from the Oriental Borderlands: On the Making and Uses of Colonial Algiers in Germanophone Travel Writing from the Maghreb around 1840
The Jew, the Turk, and the Indian: Figurations of the Oriental in the German-Speaking World
M. C. Sprengel's Writings on India: A Disenchanted and Forgotten Orientalism of the Late Eighteenth Century
Occident and Orient in Narratives of Exile: The Case of Willy Haas's Indian Exile Writings
Distant Neighbors: Uses of Orientalism in the Late Nineteenth-Century Austro-Hungarian Empire
Modes of Orientalism in Hungarian Letters and Learning of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Where the Orient Ends? Orientalism and Its Function for Imperial Rule in the Russian Empire
Noncolonial Orientalism? Czech Travel Writing on Africa and Asia around 1918
Oriental Sexuality and Its Uses in Nineteenth-Century Travelogues
Notes on the Contributors


This book expands and deepens our understanding of European orientalist discourses by not only examining the relatively neglected field of Germanophone orientalism, but also by looking further East to encompass the utterly overlooked orientalisms of Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Russia. This collection is required reading for anyone interested in orientalism, travel writing, and the cultural history of Central and Eastern Europe. -Robert Lemon, University of Oklahoma, author of Imperial Messages: Orientalism as Self-Critique in the Habsburg Fin-de-Siècle

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