culture critique

Special Topic: Fantasy, Image and the Arab-Western Encounter


vol 1 issue 2


Orientalism in Image and Text: Video Interview w/Professor Ali Behdad in Three Parts

Ali Behdad is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Chair of Comparative Literature at UCLA. He has published widely on a broad range of topics on the politics of culture, immigration, Orientalism, and 19th-century photography. He is the author of Belated Travelers: Orientalism in the Age of Colonial Dissolution (Duke University Press, 1994), A Forgetful Nation: On Immigration and Cultural Identity in the United States (Duke University Press, 2005), and the co-editor of A Companion to Comparative Literature (Blackwell, 2010). He is currently working on a book tentatively titled: Contact Vision: On Photography and Orientalism.


Interview w/Ali Behdad, Part 1: Experiencing the Journey from derik casper on Vimeo.

Interview w/Ali Behdad, Part 2: Representation and Desire from derik casper on Vimeo.

Interview w/Ali Behdad, Part 3: Postcolonialism and Text from derik casper on Vimeo.

Images of Orientalism from derik casper on Vimeo.

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