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Gendering Orientalism: Race, Femininity and Representation
by Reina Lewis
In contrast to most cultural histories of imperialism, which analyse Orientalist images of rather than by women, Gendering Orientalism focuses on the contributions of women themselves. Drawing on the little-known work of Henriette Browne, other lost' women Orientlist artists and the literary works of George Eliot, Reina Lewis challenges masculinist assumptions relating to ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published December 22nd 1995 by Routledge
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Dec 01, 2010 Madeline rated it really liked it
Lewis' Gendering Orientalism manages a fairly thorough and detailed discussion of gender, sexuality, class, race, and religion in the terms of 19th century Orientalist art-by-women with only a few slips into academic jargon. I was thrilled, throughout, at how comprehensible a book it was. It's also worth noting that Lewis grounds her book in a feminist critique (perhaps a better word would be a qualification) of Said's Orientalism - and that was a much-needed perspective. (Like Fanon, when readi ...more