Course Descriptions

601 Special Topics in Art History, Spring, 2023

Topics Vary

Course Instructor:  Deniz Turker

Spring, 2023

Topic:  

Orientalism and Post-Orientalism

This seminar queries the legacy of Edward W. Said’s Orientalism: how relevant is this book for us today? In the first few weeks, the thematic readings will wrestle with the text’s post-structuralist origins as well as the historical and theoretical foundations of physical as well as discursive “Othering.” We will subsequently examine Orientalism’s uptake in the field of art history and study Orientalist art and photography alongside their rigorous critiques. Naturally, the course’s subtext is colonialism and its variegated representations, which will be interrogated through Napoleon’s conquest of Egypt. In the process, we will identify and discuss modes of self-Orientalism and attempts at subverting the Orientalizing gaze. The seminar will also have occasions to touch upon practices of collecting, display, preservation and conservation as well as the presence of non-Western polities in the world’s fairs. While Egypt, the Ottoman world, and colonial North Africa are at the forefront of the seminar, broader colonial and post-colonial research interests are welcome and will find ample room for discussion throughout. 

Contact

Laura Weigert, Chair

Carla Yanni, Undergraduate Program Director 

Tamara Sears, Graduate Program Director

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