Orientalism

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Palestinian American literary theorist, cultural  critic, and activist. Founding figure of postcolonial studies– studies  on the cultural legacy of colonialism. Orientalism  (1978) is his best known work. Film rec:  On Orientalism , view at Shields. 
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P.1– The Orient was almost a  European invention and had been since antiquity a place of  romance exotic  beings,  haunting  memories and landscapes,  remarkable experiences.  P. 2– Orientalism is a style of thought based upon an  ontological and epistemological  distinction made  between “the Orient” and (most of the time) “the  Occident.” P. 3 – [Orientalism is]… a Western style for  dominating, restructuring, and  having authority ove r   the Orient.  
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P. 5– [A]s much as the West itself, the Orient is an  idea that has a history and a tradition of thought, 
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2010 for the course ASA 001 taught by Professor Kim during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.

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