Turquerie in nineteenth-century America Public Deposited

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  • Yolac, Bahar Suzan
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Art History
  • The thesis explores the phenomenon of turquerie in nineteenth-century America, that is the fascination with and appropriation of elements of Turkish culture, particularly in interior designs and baths. The paper distinguishes turquerie from Orientalism, considering that the appropriation of Turkish forms accompanied neither imperial designs nor encyclopedic collections of knowledge; nonetheless, some of the Oriental stereotypes perpetuated in American turquerie. Turkish interior decorations and baths both in public and private domains in America reveal that the adoption of turquerie cannot be associated solely with the symbolic meaning of pleasure and voluptuous delights, since the concept of turquerie was multilayered. The adoption of some Ottoman forms, tastes and manners should not be confined to the cliched rhetorics, but viewed as the Orientalization of the Occident, which was as valid as the Occidentalization of the Orient albeit differently at various historical temporal and spatial confluences.
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  • ... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Art History in the Department of Art.
  • Sheriff, Mary D.

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