Morocco Bound: Disorienting America’s Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express / Edition 1

Morocco Bound: Disorienting America’s Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express / Edition 1

by Brian Edwards
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822336448

ISBN-13: 9780822336440

Pub. Date: 10/28/2005

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Until attention shifted to the Middle East in the early 1970s, Americans turned most often toward the Maghreb—Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and the Sahara—for their understanding of “the Arab.” In Morocco Bound, Brian T. Edwards examines American representations of the Maghreb during three pivotal decades—from 1942, when the United

Overview

Until attention shifted to the Middle East in the early 1970s, Americans turned most often toward the Maghreb—Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and the Sahara—for their understanding of “the Arab.” In Morocco Bound, Brian T. Edwards examines American representations of the Maghreb during three pivotal decades—from 1942, when the United States entered the North African campaign of World War II, through 1973. He reveals how American film and literary, historical, journalistic, and anthropological accounts of the region imagined the role of the United States in a world it seemed to dominate at the same time that they displaced domestic social concerns—particularly about race relations—onto an “exotic” North Africa.

Edwards reads a broad range of texts to recuperate the disorienting possibilities for rethinking American empire. Examining work by William Burroughs, Jane Bowles, Ernie Pyle, A. J. Liebling, Jane Kramer, Alfred Hitchcock, Clifford Geertz, James Michener, Ornette Coleman, General George S. Patton, and others, he puts American texts in conversation with an archive of Maghrebi responses. Whether considering Warner Brothers’ marketing of the movie Casablanca in 1942, journalistic representations of Tangier as a city of excess and queerness, Paul Bowles’s collaboration with the Moroccan artist Mohammed Mrabet, the hippie communities in and around Marrakech in the 1960s and early 1970s, or the writings of young American anthropologists working nearby at the same time, Edwards illuminates the circulation of American texts, their relationship to Maghrebi history, and the ways they might be read so as to reimagine the role of American culture in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822336440
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Series:
New Americanists
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Morocco Bound, 1942–1973 1

Part I: Taking Casablanca

1. American Orientalism: Taking Casablanca 29

2. Sheltering Screens: Paul Bowles and Foreign Relations 78

II. Queer Tangier

3. Tangier(s): The Multiple Cold War Contexts of the International Zone 121

4. Disorienting the National Subject: Burroughs's Tangier, Hitchcock's Marrakech 158

5. Three Serious Writers Two Serious Authors: Jane Bowles, Mohammed Mrabet, and the Erotics of Collaboration Politics of Translation 198

III. Marrackech Express

6. Hippie Orientalism: The Interpretation of Countercultures 247

Notes 303

Works Cited 335

Index 351

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