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It will soon be forty years since Edward Said’s book Orientalism appeared, yet it remains a crucial reference point for most of the research on Europe’s cultural encounters with and policies towards the rest of the world, regardless of whether scholars uphold or critique the Saidian model. The other crucial factors in transforming the studies of Europe’s imperial and colonial past were the collapse of communism and the demise of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. On the one hand, these historical developments have encouraged the application of the postcolonial theory to the study of cultures and politics of new regions. On the other, the thoroughgoing questioning of the Cold War paradigms has allowed scholars to move away from hitherto dominant essentialist and often ideologically tainted conceptual frameworks – something that, to an extent, is also true of Said’s own concept of Orientalism. The new approaches that have been developed in the past twenty-five yea...

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Vera Tolz, « Preface », Études de lettres, 2-3 | 2014, 9-16.

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University of Manchester

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