Orientalism In The 19th Century

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Having studied such varying accounts of cross cultural encounters happening within the long nineteenth century, spanning from people from all over the East and the West, and all of them coming from different positions of power and backgrounds, with all of their observations being heavily punctuated by different motives and biases, helps one gain a lot of perspective over the entire situation. The impact that the dealings of these people have had on the world as we now know it also becomes clearly evident once one starts analyzing it. As a lot of queries that initially rise in one’s mind get answered when reading the accounts, there are even more queries that in turn get borne out of these answers. The idea of a particular kind of image being projected of the East by the Westerners is a point of interest and my aim is to explore the impact it has had on contemporary times as the media continues to adore the East for its other worldly quality. Though the East was looked down upon during the nineteenth century by the West, one might think that the growth of media and the ever growing awareness it has brought must have changed such sentiments. But the question here is whether this modern day adoration of the East still has racism hidden in its roots or not. There is a lot to be learned from these texts about the creation of culture and races. From the information given in the accounts, one can gather a…show more content…
Popularized by the theorist Edward W. Said in his seminal book by the same name, Orientalism has become one of the founding principles of post-colonial and critical race theory. Orientalism is described as being more or less, "the manner that the West sees — and along these lines characterizes — the East". It is debated that Orientalism is a means to make the East appear to be "less formidable for the

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