Visions of the East: Orientalism in Film / Edition 1

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The Sheik. Pepe le Moko. Casablanca. Aladdin. Some of the most popular and frequently discussed titles in movie history are imbued with orientalism, the politically charged way in which Western artists have represented gender, race, and ethnicity in the cultures of North Africa and Asia. This is the first anthology to address and highlight orientalism in film from pre-cinema fascinations with Egyptian culture through the "Whole New World" of Aladdin. Eleven illuminating and well-illustrated essays utilize the insights of interdisciplinary cultural studies, psychoanalysis, feminism, and genre criticism. Other films discussed include The Letter, Caesar and Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, Indochine, and several films of France's cinema colonial.
In addition to the editors, the contributors are Dudley Andrew, Phebe Shih Chao, Mary Hamer, Marina Heung, Antonia Lant, Adrienne L. McLean, Janice Morgan, Alan Nadel, Charles O'Brien, and Ella Shohat.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813522951
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Gender and Culture of Empire: Toward a Feminist Ethnography of the Cinema 19
The Curse of the Pharaoh, or How Cinema Contracted Egyptomania 69
"Out-Salomeing Salome": Dance, the New Woman, and Fan Magazine Orientalism 99
The Thousand Ways There Are to Move: Camp and Oriental Dance in the Hollywood Musicals of Jack Cole 130
The Family Romance of Orientalism: From Madame Butterfly to Indochine 158
A Whole New (Disney) World Order: Alladin, Atomic Power, and the Muslim Middle East 184
The "Cinema colonial" of 1930s France: Film Narration as Spatial Practice 207
Praying Mantis: Enchantment and Violence in French Cinema of the Exotic 232
In the Labyrinth: Masculine Subjectivity, Expatriation, and Colonialism in Pepe le Moko 253
Timeless Histories: A British Dream of Cleopatra 269
Reading the Letter in a Postcolonial World 292
Orientalism in Film: A Select Bibliography 315
About the Contributors 319
Index 321
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