Studies in Literature, Drama, and Film
Appendix B: Review of Todd Kontje, German Orientalisms
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Review of Todd Kontje, German Orientalisms
One of the clear indications of the continuing vitality of the academic study of orientalism, and particularly literary orientalism, for Western scholarly researchers, even after nearly thirty years of Edwards Said’s pioneering Orientalism (1978), is the steady outpouring of publications, mainly in the form of new books, over these decades. A simple demonstration of this fact is the acquisition by our own Zayed Library at the UAE University, in the last few months only, of the following titles: Brenda Deen Schildgen, Dante and the Orient (2002) and Pagans, Tartars, Moslems and Jews in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (2001); Muge Galin, Between East and West: Sufism in the Novels of Doris Lessing (1997); John M. Hobson, The Eastern Origins of Western Civilization (2004); Richard W. Bulliet, The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization (2004); and Todd Kontje, German Orientalisms (2004). It is the last title of the list that I want to share with the readers in this review.
The very early comments on Edward Said’s book pointed out that it dealt almost exclusively with British and French orientalism and hardly touched on other orientalisms. The work under review is a successful attempt to fill this one particular and important gap. Although the numerous aspects of German orientalism, especially in the fields of scholarship and translation, may not be ← 91 | 92 → covered fully in one volume, this book conducts a general survey of the field, focusing...
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