The harem fantasy in nineteenth-century Orientalist paintings

  title={The harem fantasy in nineteenth-century Orientalist paintings},
  author={Isra Ali},
  journal={Dialectical Anthropology},
  • Isra Ali
  • Published 25 February 2015
  • Art
  • Dialectical Anthropology
Abstract This article examines Orientalist cultural production through an overview of the literature on Orientalist paintings produced by European artists in the nineteenth century. There is a particular emphasis on gender and sexuality, and the use of depictions of gender and sexuality to undergird the political project of colonialism. Furthermore, these historical depictions continue to provide the symbolic vernacular for contemporary representations of Muslims that have their own political… 
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