In rethinking orientalism reina lewis makes a major contribution to correcting the prevailing stereotype of the subjugated silenced woman of the harem bringing together published autobiographical accounts of self identified oriental women at the turn of the twentieth century she reveals that these women were in fact able to . She is author of rethinking orientalism women travel and the ottoman harem and gendering orientalism race femininity and representation she is editor with sara mills of feminist postcolonial theory nancy micklewright is a program officer at the getty foundation in los angeles. During the nineteenth century the figure of the passive oppressed yet highly sexualized female of the muslim harem became the pivotal figure of western orientalism despite recent challenges to orientalist thinking however an enduring mystique continues to surround western perceptions of eastern women. Rethinking orientalism women travel and the ottoman harem review sarah g moment atis journal of middle east womens studies volume 1 number 3 fall 2005 pp 116 122 review published by duke university press for additional information about this article access provided by scholarly communication 7 nov 2018 2121 gmt. Rethinking orientalism women travel and the ottoman harem new brunswick rutgers up 2004 297 pp isbn 0 8135 3543 3 2995 new brunswick rutgers up 2004 297 pp isbn 0 8135 3543 3 2995 in this book reina lewis focuses on a group of women writers whose travel accounts memoirs and fictions offer a non western engagement with the
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