Edward Said - On Orientalism (VHS)
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Edward Said's book Orientalism
has been profoundly influential in a diverse range of disciplines since its publication in 1978. In this engaging and lavishly illustrated interview he talks about the context within which the book was conceived, its main themes, and how its original thesis relates to the contemporary understanding of "the Orient" as represented in the mass media.
"That's the power of the discourse of Orientalism. If you're thinking about people and Islam, and about that part of the wold, those are the words you constantly have to use. To think past it, to go beyond it, not to use it, is virtually impossible, because there is no knowledge that isn't codified in this way about that part of the world." - Edward Said
Sections: The Repertory of Orientalism | Orientalism and Empire | American Orientalism | Orientalism Today: The Demonization of Islam in the News and Popular Culture | Orientalism in Action: The Media and the Oklahoma City Bombing | Orientalism and the Palestinian Question
Edward Wadie Said was a well-known Palestinian American literary theorist, critic, and outspoken pro-Palestinian activist. According to Columbia News (Columbia University, where Said spent most of his career), the author of Orientalism
was "one of the most influential scholars in the world."
Executive Producer, Director: Sut Jhally
Producer, Editor: Sanjay Talreja
Assistant Editor: Jeremy Smith
Camera and Sound: Steven McCarthy, Sanjay Talreja, Viveca Greene
Post-Production Sound: Thom Monahan
Research: Nessim Watson
Graphics: Jeremy Smith, Matt Soar, Sanjay Talreja
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