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Colonial Fantasies : Towards a Feminist Reading of Orientalism - Meyda Yegenoglu

Colonial Fantasies

Towards a Feminist Reading of Orientalism

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Published: 29th June 1998
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Meyda Yegenoglu investigates the intersection between post-colonial and feminist criticism, focusing on the Western fascination with the veiled women of the Orient. She examines the veil as a site of fantasy and of nationalist ideologies and discourses of gender identity, analyzing travel literature, anthropological and literary texts to reveal the hegemonic, colonial identity of the desire to penetrate the veiled surface of 'otherness'. Representations of cultural difference and sexual difference are shown to be inextricably linked, and the figure of the Oriental woman to have functioned as the veiled interior of Western identity.

Introduction
Mapping the field of colonial discourse
Veiled fantasies: cultural and sexual difference in the discourse of orientalism
Supplementing the Orientalist lack: European ladies in the harem
Sartorial fabric-action: Enlightenment and Western feminism
The battle of the veil: women between Orientalism and nationalism
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ISBN: 9780521626583
ISBN-10: 0521626587
Series: Cambridge Cultural Social Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 29th June 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.32