The Domestic Dreams of an American Orientalist: The Harem Fountain

Dr. John F. Quinn
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My paper about The American Orientalist painter Bridgman shows how he uses the North African idea of the harem in his work The Harem Fountain to promote the ideal for American women of domesticity. His positive approach to orientalism differs from the usual French way of painting orientalist pictures. Bridgman's work is interpreted through 8 different aesthetic methodologies. These interpretations are formalist, iconographic, socio-economic, feminist, psychoanalytic, biographical, structuralist and poststructuralist methodologies. The shift in American Orientalism from the more French model of orientalism shows how this American painter respects the harem as a model for American women. Each methodology reinforces the others to interpret the richness of Bridgman’s painting The Harem Fountain.

Keywords: American Orientalism, Domesticity, Different Aesthetic Interpretations
Stream: Aesthetics, Design
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. John F. Quinn

Full Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Dayton
Dayton,, Ohio, USA

John F. Quinn, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dayton has taught Philosophy of Art, Islamic Philosophy and Culture and Medieval Philosophy. He has published 2 books and has written many articles in a variety of journals. His current work in Islamic Philosophy and Culture has afforded him the opportunity to travel throughout the Muslim world. In addition to being a philosopher he is also a lawyer who has written on management ethics and a variety of legal issues. This has led to a variety of opportunities to consult in the business world on management, ethics and legal issues. Currently he presents papers on world aesthetics and does much research in understanding the issues that face the relationship between the Islamic, Christian and Jewish cultures.

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