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Exoticism in Gertrude Bell's Persian pictures


Ghaderi, Farah and Wan Yahya, Wan Roselezam (2014) Exoticism in Gertrude Bell's Persian pictures. Victorian Literature and Culture, 42 (1). pp. 123-138. ISSN 1060-1503; ESSN: 1470-1553


Victorian travelers in colonial contexts encountered differences in landscape, mores and manners, society, politics and culture, among other things, and registered their responses to the places visited in their published travel books for the home audience. Postcolonial critics contend that exoticism, i.e., a Western traveler's response to and description of the differences encountered in the context of travel, was deeply informed by the asymmetrical power relation between the representer/colonizer and the represented/colonized. As a result, these critics argue, exoticism in colonial travel writing was appropriative since it tended to construct the dichotomy of self/other in such a way as to justify imperial interventions in other countries (Forsdick, “Sa(L)Vaging Exoticism” 30–34; Said 1–28). As Graham Huggan rightly argues, difference of the colonial other in its various aspects was denigrated and dismissed as exotic when “translated into the master code of empire,” since it superimposed “a dominant way of seeing, speaking and thinking onto marginalised peoples” (24).

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1060150313000247
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Keywords: Persian Pictures; Gertrude Bell; Exoticism
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2015 12:08
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 07:15
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