Alex brought up some really important points that we didn’t have a chance to talk about yesterday, but which we will revisit on Tuesday after having read both Little’s “American Orientalism” and the “Ottoman Orientalism” article assigned for Tuesday. This is a very tricky subject, and it is still very much debated (just search YouTube for “Bernard Lewis” if you would like to hear another side of the argument).
If you’re interested, here are a couple blog posts and an article that deal with a 2014 Air France ad campaign. NOTE: these are not reputable news sources, and I do not necessarily endorse the viewpoints of the author. But I do think that this is a good example of how these debates play out in the real world…or at least the internet’s approximation of the real world:
For a harsh critique of Said: