Essay on Exoticism: An Aesthetics of Diversity
Duke University Press, 3 gen 2002 - 118 pagine
The “Other”—source of fear and fascination; emblem of difference demonized and romanticized. Theories of alterity and cultural diversity abound in the contemporary academic landscape. Victor Segalen’s early attempt to theorize the exotic is a crucial reference point for all discussions of alterity, diversity, and ethnicity.
Written over the course of fourteen years between 1904 and 1918, at the height of the age of imperialism, Essay on Exoticism encompasses Segalen’s attempts to define “true Exoticism.” This concept, he hoped, would not only replace nineteenth-century notions of exoticism that he considered tawdry and romantic, but also redirect his contemporaries’ propensity to reduce the exotic to the “colonial.” His critique envisions a mechanism that appreciates cultural difference—which it posits as an aesthetic and ontological value—rather than assimilating it: “Exoticism’s power is nothing other than the ability to conceive otherwise,” he writes.
Segalen’s pioneering work on otherness anticipates and informs much of the current postcolonial critique of colonial discourse. As such Essay on Exoticism is essential reading for both cultural theorists or those with an interest in the politics of difference and diversity.
Cosa dicono le persone - Scrivi una recensione
Nessuna recensione trovata nei soliti posti.
Altre edizioni - Visualizza tutto
aesthetic already appearance arrive attitude beautiful begins believe called China Chinese collection colonial comes complete conceive continuous criticism cultural dated decline desire diﬀerence discussion Diversity Duke University elsewhere entry Essay on Exoticism everything example existence exotic experience express fact feeling ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬂavor force French Edition Henry historical human ideas imagine important individual Italy January Jules kind knowledge known later less Leys literary literature lived Loti March matter means Mercure de France mind move nature never notion novel object one’s Paintings Paris perhaps Pierre Lou˙s play poem present Press prose published races refers remain result seems Segalen sensation sense space stele Stèles things thought tion translation true turn University Victor Segalen vision write written