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Re-Presenting the Harem

Title: Re-Presenting the Harem: Orientalist Female Artists and the 19Th Century Ottoman Empire.
Name(s): McDaniel, Megan, author
Program in Middle Eastern Studies
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2014
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Five female artists will be discussed within this essay, each from varying styles of training, cultural backgrounds, and social classes, and each approaching the documentation of the harem in a different manner: Mary Adelaide Walker (British, d. 1911), Henriette Browne (French, d. 1901), Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann (Danish, d. 1881), and Ella Ferris Pell (American, d. 1922) along with her younger sister Evie A. Todd. In order to demonstrate collectivity within Orientalism, I will first examine travel literature amongst this set of female artists to determine prevailing patterns of Orientalist thought concerning the Ottoman harem; namely, Orientalist contemplations of the 'Eastern' and European blend of Ottoman society, the perceived Ottoman mix of luxury and gaudiness, along with Ottoman barbarism and savagery particularly in connection to Islam. I will then analyze paintings and illustrations from the same set of artists looking for subtle details and discrepancies to demonstrate the complexity of influences that forms each artist's 're-presentation'. The final chapter is an examination of these female artists that reveals differences within their social circumstances, details that prove significant to the discrepancies in their harem depictions. Financial security and recognition/acceptance in the artists' country of residence are strong determinants of whether the artists conform to prevailing Western fantasy.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0342 (IID)
Keywords: Orientalism, Harem, Ottoman Empire
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Middle Eastern Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: April 9, 2014.
Subject(s): Ethnicity
Study and teaching
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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McDaniel, M. (2014). Re-Presenting the Harem: Orientalist Female Artists and the 19Th Century Ottoman Empire. Retrieved from