Max Muller and the theosophists or the other half of victorian orientalism

Abstract : It has become commonplace to consider orientalism as a particularly spectacular form of cultural imperialism. Edward Said's work dealt more specifically with the Middle East (Said, 1978) but his theses were extended to India, especially by Ronald Inden (1990). However, as David Ludden remarked, we must first clarify the meaning and the scope of the term “orientalism” (LUDDEN, 1994, pg. 252). This question is particularly important for the period I’m dealing with. Indeed, one of the remarkable features of Indian orientalism in the nineteenth and the early decades of the twentieth century is that Edward Said’s definitions cannot account for it.
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Denis Vidal. Max Muller and the theosophists or the other half of victorian orientalism. Jackie Assayag, Roland Lardinois, Denis Vidal. Orientalism and Anthropology; from Max Muller to Louis Dumont, Pondy Papers in Social Science (24), Institut Français de Pondichéry, 1997, 978-81-8470-077-0. ⟨hal-01293966⟩

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