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Self-Othering in German Orientalism: The Case of Friedrich Schlegel

Self-Othering in German Orientalism: The Case of Friedrich Schlegel n i Chola S a . g erm ana Self- Othering in German Orientalism e C Th ase of Friedrich Schlegel In the 960s 1 and ’70s, a number of scholars began to pay careful attention to German cultural constructions of the “Orient” in the literary and philosophical works from the Baroque period to Romanticism.1 However, with the publication of Orientalism (1798), Edward Said’s analytical framework became, for good or ill, the dominant scholarly paradigm. In the wake of the appearance of Said’s volume, a decade or more passed before the scholarship on popular or academic Orientalism in Ger- many attempted to move beyond what Said had intitially said on the subject. (As we shall see, Said himself had little else to say on the topic in the years following the r fi st appearance of Orientalism.) e Th purpose of this essay is to consider the excep- tionalism of German Orientalism, one that employs imagery of the Orient for very die ff rent purposes than the French and British variants. e Th central question under consideration regards the util io ty f this imagery in the tradition of German Orien- talism. e Th construction of the idea of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Self-Othering in German Orientalism: The Case of Friedrich Schlegel

The Comparatist , Volume 34 – Jun 24, 2010

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n i Chola S a . g erm ana Self- Othering in German Orientalism e C Th ase of Friedrich Schlegel In the 960s 1 and ’70s, a number of scholars began to pay careful attention to German cultural constructions of the “Orient” in the literary and philosophical works from the Baroque period to Romanticism.1 However, with the publication of Orientalism (1798), Edward Said’s analytical framework became, for good or ill, the dominant scholarly paradigm. In the wake of the appearance of Said’s volume, a decade or more passed before the scholarship on popular or academic Orientalism in Ger- many attempted to move beyond what Said had intitially said on the subject. (As we shall see, Said himself had little else to say on the topic in the years following the r fi st appearance of Orientalism.) e Th purpose of this essay is to consider the excep- tionalism of German Orientalism, one that employs imagery of the Orient for very die ff rent purposes than the French and British variants. e Th central question under consideration regards the util io ty f this imagery in the tradition of German Orien- talism. e Th construction of the idea of

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Published: Jun 24, 2010

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