Definition of orientalism in US English:



  • 1Style, artefacts, or traits considered characteristic of the peoples and cultures of Asia.

    • ‘In the skilled hands of Dacic and Gekic, the mesmeric sound of the music's Orientalism was born anew.’
    • ‘Sellers, as always, makes elegant play with the character's improbable Orientalisms.’
    1. 1.1 The representation of Asia, especially the Middle East, in a stereotyped way that is regarded as embodying a colonialist attitude.
      • ‘Orientalism makes Muslim civilization the dark alter ego of European civilization.’
      • ‘As one might expect from its title, this book enters the critical conversations about Romanticism and orientalism of the last fifteen years, but with an important expansion of focus.’
      • ‘The new resurgent orientalism does not even put up the pretence of scholarly detachment or search for truth.’
      • ‘This is a commonly cited text in discussions of early nineteenth-century orientalism and imperialism.’
      • ‘Tchen points out that political orientalism rooted in the outcry of organized labor against the non-organized Chinese labor, which was cheaply used by the capitalists to break strikes.’
      • ‘Orientalism produces non-Western cultures as unintelligible; thus, one of the functions of ethnic fiction is translational.’
      • ‘The nineteenth-century preoccupation with orientalism provided a strong design influence well into the twentieth century.’
      • ‘Hollywood's vision of the middle east hasn't got much beyond Victorian orientalism, either.’
      • ‘Villa may very well have been quite aware of the role modernist orientalism played in his reception in the United States.’
      • ‘How do notions of orientalism and cultural nationalism relate to Indian theatre?’
      • ‘This imagined Jewish orient, like classical European orientalism, viewed the east as some timeless monolith, but took pride in its supposed passivity, irrationality and emotionalism.’
      • ‘It is now seemingly impossible to comment on the image of (suffering) women in rural Chinese films without placing that commentary within a frame of orientalism and transnational consumerism.’
      • ‘The procedure and the idea behind Japanese bath taking is clearly explained, without the oft-found orientalism.’
      • ‘How was orientalism played out in the development of American culture and American identity as a nation?’
      • ‘The author discusses the Zionizatiion of Christianity and its relationship to orientalism.’
      • ‘Orientalism is not defused by tourism, ecclesiastical or otherwise.’
      • ‘In accordance with the strategy of orientalism, and relying on the electronic and print media, the myths of the Other are created and perpetuated.’
      • ‘The European position bore all the earmarks of what Edward Said has called orientalism.’
      • ‘Kondo distinguishes between western forms of orientalism, autoexoticisms by Asian subjects, and counter-orientalisms that subvert western modes of apprehending discursively produced Asian identities.’
      • ‘The counterargument against the appropriateness of this metaphor is the over-commercialization of the Buddha in neo-chinoiserie, in New Age religion and in other resurgent forms of orientalism.’