Turquerie and the Politics of Representation, 1728-1876

Turquerie and the Politics of Representation, 1728-1876

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In this first full-length study devoted explicitly to the examination of Ottoman/Turkish-inspired architecture in Western Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Nebahat Avcioglu rethinks the question of cultural frontiers not as separations but as a rapport of heterogeneities. Reclaiming turquerie as cross-cultural art from the confines of the inconsequential exoticism it is often reduced to, Avcioglu analyses hitherto neglected images, designs and constructions; and links Western interest in the Ottoman Empire to notions of self-representation and national politics. In investigating why and to what effect Europeans turned to the Turk for inspiration, Avcioglu provides a far-reaching cultural reinterpretation of art and architecture in this period. Presented as a series of case studies focusing on three specific building types"kiosks, mosques, and baths"chosen on the basis that each represents the first full-fledged manifestations of their respective genres to be constructed in Western Europe, the study delves into the cultural politics of architectural forms and styles. The author argues that the appropriation of those building types was neither accidental, nor did it merely reflect European domination of another culture. The process was essentially dialectical, and contributed to transculturation in both the West and the East.
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  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 171 x 248 x 24mm | 599g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138248215
  • 9781138248212

Table of contents

Contents: Introduction; Part I The Kiosk: The sense of power and the image of the Ottomans; Exoticism and the politics of the Other within. Part II The Mosque: Describing empire: nature, culture and the exotic. Part III The Hammam: Utilitarian architecture, philanthropy and orientalism. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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Author information

Nebahat Avcioglu is Research Coordinator at Reid Hall, Columbia University Global Center, and Lecturer at Sciences-Po, in Paris, France.
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