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Orientalism in Not without my daughter by Betty Mahmoody
Mugerle, Maja (Author)

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Abstract
The term Orientalism has long been used to describe constructed interpretations of the Eastby the Westerners. Nowadays, these stereotypes most frequently apply to Arabs and Muslims, as wellas others who find themselves in conflicts with the USA. At an appropriate historical moment, a singlestory can have a devastating influence on our perception of the Other. One example is the book by Betty Mahmoody, Not Without My Daughter, which was released in a period when the West showedan increased interest in the Iranian culture due to various conflicts in the region. The story of a womanand her daughter, who are held captive in Iran and finally make a heroic escape, became more than justa true story of one individual. Instead of focusing on problems which need to be discussed, like therole of women in Muslim societies, it exposed a number of condemning cultural, ethnic and religious stereotypes about the East.

Language:English
Keywords:American literature, literary studies, orientalism
Work type:Not categorized (r6)
Tipology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FF - Faculty of Arts
Year:2013
Publisher:Filozofska fakulteta Univerze v Ljubljani
Number of pages:str. 39-52, 118-119
Numbering:[Letn]. 46, [št.] 1/2
UDC:821.111(73)-31.09Mahmoody B.:316.722(55:73)
ISSN on article:0567-784X
DOI:10.4312/an.46.1-2.39-52 Link is opened in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:53811554 Link is opened in a new window
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Title:Acta neophilologica
Shortened title:Acta neophilol.
Publisher:Filozofska fakulteta Univerze v Ljubljani
ISSN:0567-784X
COBISS.SI-ID:16130818 This link opens in a new window

Secondary language

Language:Slovenian
Abstract:
Članek obravnava vlogo orientalizma pri predstavljanju drugega v literarnih delih, predvsem v delu Betty Mahmoody Ne dam svojega otroka. Pojem orientalizem zaznamuje konstrukte o vzhodu, ki jih ustvarjajo zahodnjaki. V minulih petdesetih letih so subjekt stereotipov predvsem Arabci in muslimani, ki so se znašli v kontinuiranem sporu z ZDA. Namen članka je prikazati, da pri nastanku podobe drugega pomembno vlogo igrajo tudi literarna dela in zgodovinski trenutek, v katerem nastanejo. Podrobna obravnava dela Ne dam svojega otroka pokaže, da je bila zgodba, polna stereotipov o Irancih in muslimanih, predstavljena v ključnem trenutku. Mediji so bili preplavljeni z novicami o Zalivski vojni in krizi s talci v Teheranu, to obdobjepa je zaznamovalo tudi formiranje nove arabske in/ali muslimanske identitete med priseljenci v ZDA, zaradi česar so le-ti postali bolj vidni. Zgodba o ameriški materi,ki s hčerjo beži pred svojim fanatičnim iranskim možem, je v danem obdobju vzbudila pozornost. Kljub dejstvu, da med kritiki ni bila dobro sprejeta, je med občinstvom uspešno širila stereotipe o drugem.

Keywords:ameriška književnost, literarne študjie, orientalizem

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