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Intimate Outsiders The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Travel Literature

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ISBN-10: 0822339676

ISBN-13: 9780822339670

Edition: 2007

Authors: Mary Roberts, Nicholas Thomas

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Until now, the notion of a cross-cultural dialogue has not figured in the analysis of harem paintings, largely because the Western fantasy of the harem has been seen as the archetype for Western appropriation of the Orient. In "Intimate Outsiders," the art historian Mary Roberts brings to light a body of harem imagery that was created through a dynamic process of cultural exchange. Roberts focuses on images produced by nineteenth-century European artists and writers who were granted access to harems in the urban centers of Istanbul and Cairo. As invited guests, these Europeans were "intimate outsiders" within the women's quarters of elite Ottoman households. At the same time, elite Ottoman…    
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 12/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.15" wide x 9.40" long x 0.65" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Introduction: Intimate Outsiders
John Frederick Lewis's Harem Paintings
The Languid Lotus-Eater
"Mr Lewis's Oriental Paradises"
British Women's Travelogues
Pleasures in Detail
Being Seen
Sartorial Adventures and Satiric Narratives
Harem Portraiture
The Politics of Portraiture behind the Veil
Oriental Dreams
Selected Bibliography