The Poetics and Politics of Place: Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism

The Poetics and Politics of Place: Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism

By: Zeynep Inankur (editor), Reina Lewis (editor), Mary Roberts (editor)Paperback

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This unique collection takes a fresh look at Orientalism by shifting its center from Europe to Ottoman Istanbul and thinking about art in terms of exchange, reciprocity, and comparative imperialisms. This new lens reveals the essential role of the Ottoman city and its patrons and artists in the dialogues that facilitated production, circulation, and consumption of British Orientalist cultures. In this volume, art works are conceptualized as traveling artifacts produced through localized interactions. World renowned scholars and curators analyze the diverse audiences for such art works and the range of differing contexts for their reception both in the 19th century and more recently. In this way, British art is put into a dynamic relationship with an historicized understanding of cultures of collecting and display during the formation of comparative modernities and also with the contemporary postcolonial creation of new national models of exhibition and education. Featuring stunning visuals, this book puts art history in the context of cultural, visual, and literary studies, challenging the orthodoxies of postcolonial theory with the materiality of multiple imperialisms and modernities to offer a new take on the collection, display, and consumption of Orientalist cultures.

About Author

Zeynep Inankur is a professor of art history at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul and coauthor of Constantinople and the Orientalists. Reina Lewis is Artscom Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, and author of Rethinking Orientalism: Women, Travel and the Ottoman Harem. Mary Roberts is the John Schaeffer Associate Professor of British Art at the University of Sydney and author of Intimate Outsiders: The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Travel Literature. Other contributors include Tim Barringer, Edhem Eldem, Ahmet Ersoy, Semra Germaner, Aykut Gurcaglar, Teresa Heffernan, Briony Llewellyn, Nancy Micklewright, Peter Benson Miller, Donald Preziosi, Gunsel Renda, Christine Riding, Sarah Searight, Wendy Shaw, and Nicholas Tromans.


Acknowledgments Preface / Suna, Inan and Ipek Kirac Introduction: Disruptive Geographies / Mary Roberts, Reina Lewis and Zeynep Inankur Part I: Institutions, Collections, Exhibitions I. Staging The Lure of the East: Exhibition Making and Orientalism / Christine Riding II. Cultural Exchange and the Politics of Pleasure / Reina Lewis III. Bringing It Home? Orientalist Painting and the Art Market / Nicholas Tromans IV. The Searight Collection / Sarah Searight V. Cultural Consignment and Cultural (Ex)Change / Donald Preziosi VI. Orientalism and Photography / Nancy Micklewright Part II: Constructing History and the Politics of Place VII. Between the Sublime and the Picturesque: Mourning Modernization and the Production of Orientalist Landscape in Thomas Allom and Reverend Robert Walsh's Constantinople and the Scenery of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor (c. 1839) / Wendy M. K. Shaw VIII. Genealogies of Display: Cross-Cultural Networks at the 1880s Istanbul Exhibitions / Mary Roberts IX. Osman Hamdi Bey and the Historiophile Mood: Orientalist Vision and the Romantic Sense of the Past in Late Ottoman Culture / Ahmet Ersoy X. Traveling East: Veiling, Race, and Nations / Teresa Heffernan XI. "Solitary Eagle"?: The Public and Private Personas of John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876) / Briony Llewellyn XII. An Ottoman Traveler to the Orient: Osman Hamdi Bey / Edhem Eldem Part III. Cultural Mediators, Boundaries, Exchanges XIII. Mary Adelaide Walker / Zeynep Inankur XIV. The Dragoman Who Commissioned His Own Portrait / Aykut Gurcaglar XV. European Artists at the Ottoman Court: Propogating a New Dynastic Image in the Nineteenth Century / Gunsel Renda XVI. The Interpretation of Pictorial Space in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Landscape Painting / Semra Germaner XVII. Orientalism and Aestheticism / Tim Barringer XVIII. The Reception of John Frederick Lewis at the Exposition Universelle in 1855 / Peter Benson Miller Notes on Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780295991108
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780295991108
  • weight: 1724
  • ISBN10: 0295991100

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