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Victorian Orientalism: Identity and Cultural Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century

Victorian Orientalism: Identity and Cultural Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century
Bernhard Maier

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The European encounter with Eastern languages, literatures and civilizations is now the subject of intense academic debate: more than at any time since the publication of Edward Said's Orientalism. Bernhard Maier here examines the different facets of Victorian Orientalism, and explores the wider questions of identity and cultural imperialism relating to Britain in the 19th century. Specifying individual regions of encounter, Maier describes the very different responses which Palestine, Egypt, India, China and Japan evoked in the Victorian mind, and sheds light on the attitudes prevalent among administrators and military men, missionaries, philologists and historians, travellers, writers and artists towards the Orient. Exploring the wealth of secondary literature relating to Orientalism, from scholarly monographs and archival material to original fiction, prose and poetry, Maier illuminates a crucial stage in the history of cultural encounters between Europe and the East.

Author Info

Bernhard Maier holds a PhD in the comparative study of religions from the University of Bonn. He was Professor of Celtic at the University of Aberdeen (2004-2006) and is currently Professor of Religious Studies and the European History of Religions at the University of Tubingen. He is the author of Dictionary of Celtic Religion and Culture (1997), The Celts: a history from earliest times to the present (2003), William Robertson Smith: his life, his work and his times (2009), Semitic Studies in Victorian Britain: a portrait of William Wright and his world through his letters (2011) and Cross-Channel Oriental Studies in Victorian London: the life and letters of the Rev. Robert Gwynne (forthcoming).

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Library of Victorian Studies

ISBN: 9781780768144
Publication Date: 30 Dec 2018
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 234
Width: 155
Illustrations: 16 bw integrated

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