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Monday, March 5, 2018 Week 7 Critical Theory I: Postcolonial Theory Aims in Orientalism: Representation of the Orient as other. a. Ideas in transaction with other ideas cohering. b. Relationship and colonies and imperialism c. Mentality, system of knowledge that originated in Western Europe Destruction Post-Structuralism What is the orient? a. Orient was essentially an idea, or a creation with no corresponding reality. b. The Orient is an idea that has a history and a tradition of thought, imagery, and vocabulary that have given it reality and presence in and for the West. c. Essentialism d. Will manifest in real political action Spivak’s “Epistemic Violence” a. Victims of material oppression, etc. knowledge b. Knowledge is tied to subject position Cultural relativism vs. universalism Edward Said, “Introduction” from Orientalism 1. The Orient was almost a European invention. (p.1) 2. The Orient is an integral part of European material civilization and culture.
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