Hegel's Orient, or the End of Romanticism

Rodolphe Gasché

in The Stelliferous Fold

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234349
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241279 | DOI:
Hegel's Orient, or the End of Romanticism

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The fascination of early romantics with the Orient was in some respects biased. However, their prejudices cannot simply be retraced to crude national and colonial interests, since, as Said remarks in Orientalism, this would mean to ignore the extent to which colonial rule was justified in advance by Orientalism, rather than after the fact. Nor can the romantics' image of the Orient be derived from their submission of the object Orient to a discourse of knowledge, which Said, in the aftermath of Foucault, characterizes as a discourse of power. Such an assertion would ignore the extent to which the discourse of knowledge is constituted in advance by what it is said to subjugate. It is this intimacy, complicity, and solidarity between the Orient and the discourse of knowledge, which is intended to develop in this chapter.

Keywords: Orient; early romantics; Orientalism; colonial rule; discourse of knowledge

Chapter.  5739 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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