By Victor Segalen
Written over the process fourteen years among 1904 and 1918, on the peak of the age of imperialism, Essay on Exoticism encompasses Segalen’s makes an attempt to outline “true Exoticism.” this idea, he was hoping, wouldn't simply exchange nineteenth-century notions of exoticism that he thought of tawdry and romantic, but in addition redirect his contemporaries’ propensity to minimize the unique to the “colonial.” His critique envisions a mechanism that appreciates cultural difference—which it posits as a classy and ontological value—rather than assimilating it: “Exoticism’s energy is not anything except the power to conceive otherwise,” he writes.
Segalen’s pioneering paintings on otherness anticipates and informs a lot of the present postcolonial critique of colonial discourse. As such Essay on Exoticism is vital interpreting for either cultural theorists or people with an curiosity within the politics of distinction and diversity.
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Here is his (Maurice de Guérin’s) great distinguishing feature: objectivity. For this objectivity increases any emotion through the ﬁrm, solid, eternal quality it bestows upon its object. . Maurice de Guérin has simply allied (I have said, with Jules de Gaultier: the compromise of Life, and I believed my aesthetic formula to be no more or less true than any other) the profound feeling of universal Unity and the feeling of the diﬀerences between things. He has, alternately, made the gods the perfect representatives of harmony and the shadowy ﬁgures of mystery.
He integrates his feeling for other places into his experience of his own place; he lives ﬁercely in that vast world made up of a single house. Whatever he wants is exotic for him. Another abrupt change: as he reads a story, he suddenly realizes that he will someday be able to experience the very things he is now reading about! His games go on exactly as before. The game is the same. His state of mind is diﬀerent. An unknown feeling: desire, a man’s emotion. He knows it is a game. But he perpetuates it in his desire to experience it.
Dans un monde sonore,’’ a story about an individual who lives solely in a world of sound, appears in the Mercure de France in August. In September, Segalen’s ﬁrst major work, Les Immémoriaux, is published. It tells of the decline of Maori civilization as a con- 9 sequence of its ﬁrst contact with Europeans in the ﬁrst half of the nineteenth century. The title of the work refers to those who have forgotten their customs, their gods, and their traditional knowledge— in short, to those who have forgotten their own past by adopting European values and customs.
Essay on Exoticism: An Aesthetics of Diversity by Victor Segalen