Smart students thinking about Said and how we teach
The concept of Orientalism and the writing of Edward Said seem to be inescapable in the world of Postcolonial scholarship, and unfortunately, the applicability of the ideas to our modern world is alarming. Having read this excerpt first as an undergraduate and now twice as a graduate student, the understanding of Orientalism and its definition has always been allusive to me. As an undergraduate, I first thought of Orientalism as the culture of the Far East. After reading the excerpt, I was able to determine the Middle East is also included in the idea of Orientalism. Call it undergraduate nascence or hubris, but the impact of such an idea held no power in my mind. It was simply a label to apply to the Eastern non-European world. Basically, the definition used by Said to display European ignorance.
Revisiting the concept as a graduate student, a professional, and most importantly, an…
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