The Burden of the Other
Asserting our Arab identity in light of Western objectification is crucial to attaining cultural awareness in the globalized nature of today’s world order. The aim of this project is to disseminate a major discourse of the nature of Arab and Western relations: Edward Said’s discourse on Orientalism. In his approach, Said, a literary critic, undertakes the task of understanding those set of Western ideas that have led the West to understand the East (or the Orient) in certain perceived ways. Although Said is largely concerned with nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Orientalist thought, the discourse is significant because it illustrates how much of this Orientalist thought has carried down today. In an attempt to simplify Said’s discourse and make it accessible to an Arabic-speaking Egyptian youth, the project employs a combination of both illustrative and textual elements that culminate into a comic book. The book is divided into a set of three short stories that each focus on a particular Orientalist’s ideas with regards to the Oriental who is, in this case, an Egyptian. The methodology employed within the book is particular to Said: Within each story, the Orientalist is given the chance to make their claims and these claims are followed by an analysis using textual and visual elements. As an educational resource, this book presents a major theoretical idea that will encourage young Egyptians to consider, in critical terms, the nature of their Arab identity and their relationship with other cultures.
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Gadallah, Marwa, "The Burden of the Other" (2018). Capstone and Graduation Projects. 43.
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