American Orientalism: The United States and the Middle East by Douglas Little

By Douglas Little

Douglas Little exposes the patience of ''orientalist'' stereotypes in American pop culture and examines usa coverage towards the center East from many angles. Chapters specialise in America's expanding dependence on petroleum; U.S.-Israeli kin; the increase of innovative nationalist pursuits in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Libya; the futility of U.S. army and covert intervention; and the unsuccessful try to dealer a ''peace-for-land'' cost among the Israelis and the Palestinians. a brand new epilogue addresses the new U.S. conflict in Iraq. Little deals invaluable ancient context for an individual looking a greater knowing of the complex courting among the U.S. and the center East.

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Both the dream and the reality soon prompted most Americans to shed their residual anti-Semitism and to regard the children of Isaac, now safely more Western than oriental, as a strategic asset in America’s increasingly nasty confrontation with the children of Ishmael. S. popular culture. ” Two hundred years earlier, Americans familiar with the Middle East would not have disagreed. Of Pirates, Prophets, and Innocents Abroad In 1776 what little the average American knew about the Middle East and its peoples likely came from two sources: the King James Bible and Scheherazade’s Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

S. S. popular culture. Utilizing insights from postmodern social theory, photojournalism, and cultural anthropology, Lutz and Collins trace the process through which orientalist images of the Middle East and other parts of the Third World were generated and disseminated by one of the most widely circulated magazines in the United States, National Geographic. The subliminal messages encoded in the magazine’s eyecatching photos and intriguing human interest stories seem clear. S. S. policies and attitudes toward the Middle East were shaped in predictable ways.

S. popular culture. Illustrated editions of The Arabian Nights and trusty McGuffey readers brought a frequently exotic and often evil Middle East to life for a new generation of schoolchildren. 14 Portrait painter Frederick Arthur Bridgman produced dozens of sexually charged canvases modeled on those of his mentor Jean-Léon Gérôme, a leading French orientalist famous for works like The Snake Charmer and The Slave. S. views of the Middle East, however, than Mark Twain, whose darkly humorous account of his calamitous tour of the Holy Land sold nearly 100,000 copies in the two years after it was published in 1869.

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