Jillian MisnerComm 401Reading Summary- group 311/4/13The introduction to Orientalism by Edward Said fits into the theme of representation because it deals with the way that the Western representations of the Orient are dominated by the filter of Orientalism as the construction of our perception of an Oriental experience. His main thesis is that the Occidental (primarily British and French, but now American as well) consciousness has created and continues to reproduce a notion of the Orient based on a long history of colonialism that has reaffirmed that old material political authority and rearticulated it to exercise power over ideological and ontological constructions of the Orient. Said explains the development of this theory and its nuances first by stating that it is not “essentially an idea, or a creation with no corresponding reality” (p. 5). This means that Orientalism acts as a lens through which we draw conclusions from and attach
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Orient, Jillian Misner, Cultural Globalization class