The new cartographies of re-Orientalism

Salgado, Minoli (2011) The new cartographies of re-Orientalism. Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 46 (2). pp. 199-218. ISSN 0021-9894

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This paper explores the concept of Re-Orientalism by evaluating contrasting uses of the term, examining their implications and revealing the way they mark ongoing contestations over cultural legitimacy and authority. I explore some of the connections between Re-Orientalism and Graham Huggan’s postcolonial exoticism and propose an inclusive working definition of Re-Orientalism that I put to the test in an evaluation of Michael Ondaatje’s Running in the Family and Christopher Ondaatje’s The Man-Eater of Punanai. I suggest that “Re-Orientalism” marks a reorientation of discursive authorization symptomatic of deep anxieties over cultural legitimacy.At its most radical,I argue,such a re-orientation can prompt a profound revaluation of the position of the diasporic and national subject in ways that provoke productive dialogue between them; at its most reactionary, I suggest, it can work to deepen and entrench the differences generated by Orientalist discourse itself.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Re-Orientalism, exoticism, diaspora, authenticity, imperial romance, Michael Ondaatje, Christopher Ondaatje
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: Minoli Salgado
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:35
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2012 14:03
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