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The Stelliferous FoldToward a Virtual Law of Literature's Self-Formation$
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Rodolphe Gasché

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234349

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234349.001.0001

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Hegel's Orient, or the End of Romanticism

Hegel's Orient, or the End of Romanticism

(p.231) Chapter 9: Hegel's Orient, or the End of Romanticism
The Stelliferous Fold

Rodolphe Gasché

Fordham University Press

The fascination of early romantics with the Orient was in some respects biased. However, their prejudices cannot simply be retraced to crude national and colonial interests, since, as Said remarks in Orientalism, this would mean to ignore the extent to which colonial rule was justified in advance by Orientalism, rather than after the fact. Nor can the romantics' image of the Orient be derived from their submission of the object Orient to a discourse of knowledge, which Said, in the aftermath of Foucault, characterizes as a discourse of power. Such an assertion would ignore the extent to which the discourse of knowledge is constituted in advance by what it is said to subjugate. It is this intimacy, complicity, and solidarity between the Orient and the discourse of knowledge, which is intended to develop in this chapter.

Keywords:   Orient, early romantics, Orientalism, colonial rule, discourse of knowledge

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