The Poetics and Politics of Place

The Poetics and Politics of Place

This unique collection of papers takes a fresh look at Orientalism by shifting its center from Europe to Ottoman Istanbul and thinking about art in terms of exchange, reciprocity, and comparative imperialisms. This new lens reveals the essential role of the Ottoman city and its patrons and artists in the dialogues that facilitated production, circulation, and consumption of British Orientalist cultures. In this volume, art works are conceptualized as travelling artefacts produced through localized interactions. World renowned scholars and curators analyse the diverse audiences for such art works and the range of differing contexts for their reception both in the nineteenth century and more recently. In this way, British art is put into a dynamic relationship with an historicised understanding of cultures of collecting and display during the formation of comparative modernities and also with the contemporary postcolonial creation of new national models of exhibition and education. Featuring stunning visuals, this book puts art history in the context of cultural, visual, and literary studies, challenging the orthodoxies of postcolonial theory with the materiality of multiple imperialisms and modernities to offer a new take on the collection, display and consumption of Orientalist cultures

Date of Publication: 2011
Number of pages: 285
ISBN: 978-0-295-99110-8

7 Acknowledgments

Suna, İnan & İpek Kıraç

11 List of Illustrations

19 Introduction: Disruptive Geographies
Mary Roberts, Reina Lewis and Zeynep İnankur

31 Part I: Institutions, Collections, Exhibitions 

113 Part II: Constructing History and the Politics of Place 

197 Part III: Cultural Mediators, Boundaries, Exchanges

273 Notes on Contributors

279 Index