By Victor Segalen
Written over the process fourteen years among 1904 and 1918, on the peak of the age of imperialism, Essay on Exoticism encompasses Segalen’s makes an attempt to outline “true Exoticism.” this idea, he was hoping, wouldn't merely change nineteenth-century notions of exoticism that he thought of tawdry and romantic, but additionally redirect his contemporaries’ propensity to lessen the unique to the “colonial.” His critique envisions a mechanism that appreciates cultural difference—which it posits as a cultured and ontological value—rather than assimilating it: “Exoticism’s strength is not anything except the power to conceive otherwise,” he writes.
Segalen’s pioneering paintings on otherness anticipates and informs a lot of the present postcolonial critique of colonial discourse. As such Essay on Exoticism is vital analyzing for either cultural theorists or people with an curiosity within the politics of distinction and diversity.
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