Examines American and Middle Eastern texts in studies of Orientalism and Occidentalism, and argues for a new approach to cultural studies that incorporates a wider variety of materials.
In an unusual approach to cultural studies, John Maier examines a wide variety of modern Western and Eastern texts. He brings together very different forms of cultural production: modern and postmodern fiction and folktales, advertising copy and oral histories, travel literature, and ethnographic studies. Many academic disciplines are also juxtaposedliterature and literary theory, linguistics, history, psychoanalysis, sociology, film studies, women’s studies, and anthropologylargely because they have themselves been transformed by the cultural questions raised here.
About the Author
John Maier is Professor of English at State University of New York College at Brockport. He is the co-author, with John Gardner, of Gilgamesh, Translated from the version of Sin-leqi-unninni, and co-author, with Samuel Noah Kramer, of Myths of Enki, The Crafty God; and co-editor of The Bible in Its Literary Milieu: Contemporary Essays, and Mappings of the Biblical Terrain: The Bible as Text (both with Vincent L. Tollers).
Table of ContentsPreface
1. Asia under the Sign of Woman: The Feminization of the Orient in The Aeneid
2. Silence and Ecstasy: Watching the Sufis Dance
3. Two Fathers General
4. Jane Bowles and the Semi-Oriental Woman
5. Penetrating the Ramparts: Morocco in the Fiction of Paul Bowles
6. Elizabeth Fernea's Moroccan Pilgrimage
7. Insider Views: Five Moroccan Writers
8. Two Moroccan Storytellers in Paul Bowles's Five Eyes: Larbi Layachi and Ahmed Yacoubi
9. Tented Visions. Woman as Hero/as Victim
10. In the Service of Aisha Qandisha