Dear class, here is your writing prompt. It is composed of 3 parts. Each 100 words minimum.
1-What is Orientalism? Please read Edward Saeed’s introduction to Orientalism thoroughly (p.1-37), and then summarize and put it in your own words. Try your best to explain it as clear and objective as possible. (100 minimum)
2-Do you see a connection between “Bodak Yellow’s” video clip and what Said is carefully drawing on the discourse of Orientalism? Or you do not find similarities? In other words, look at “Bodak Yellow” through the lens of Said’s critical view of how the binary system of Orient vs. Occident, dictates the dominant colonial systems of thinking. What is your opinion? (100 minimum)
3-(Optional): Here you can give us an example of Orientalism you have come to observe in daily life, or in the field of art and entertainment.
Orientalism is only one byproduct of this power struggle, there is other phenomena like “cultural appropriation” across cultures which again, perpetuates the status quo power dynamics feeding into stereotypical identities, resulting in dehumanizing, silencing and eradicating the underdogs.
Deadline March 25 Monday 8pm.
On Tuesday we are going to read said’s article, discuss this and your writings.
Have a great weekend.