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A Mosaic of Misunderstanding: Occident, Orient, and Facets of Mutual Misconstrual


Julia Szołtysek

The book investigates relations between the ‘East’ and ‘West’ which have been forming and evolving from the Enlightenment until the present times. On the basis of material covering a selection of American, British and Turkish literature, as well as examples of Western Orientalist painting and musical (operatic) illustrations of analysed issues, the study aims to usher in a deeper and more nuanced understanding of post/colonial phenomena and their broader socio-cultural implications. The work attempts to accentuate the resonances and dissonances between various arts and disciplines, with the view to illuminating the organic nature of both inter- and intra-cultural relationships. The rationale behind such an orientation in research and methodology has not been to arrive at a final eclectic perspective, but rather, to promote a more comprehensive and diverse approach towards the ‘Other’.

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The present project would not have materialized into its final state, had it not been for the support and assistance granted me by many institutions throughout the process of research and writing between the years 2009–2014. Along the way, I have consistently remained the taker in the exchange.

I am grateful to the John F. Kennedy Institute for North-American Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin for granting me a four-week research fellowship at the JFKI Library in Berlin in 2011, during which the foundations for the present project were laid. At roughly the same time, the University of Wrocław in Poland offered me two successive research grants which helped me with many international trips, sponsoring my participation in conferences and congresses in Europe, Asia, and Africa. In 2011, the Foundation for Polish Science allotted me a Conference Stipend thanks to which I could take part in the 14th EACLALS Triennial Conference held at the Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, a trip co-funded by an EACLALS/ABES Eastern European Scholarship, which I had the honour of receiving. I also had the good luck to be recognised by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for my research and academic performance during the first three years of my doctoral studies at the University of Wrocław, in acknowledgment of which I was granted a generous stipend in 2012. The University of Wrocław has significantly supported me up to the final stages of work...

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