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U.S. Media Representations of the Middle East, Advanced Topics in Middle East & North African Studies(390-3-22)


Ida Katherine Yalzadeh
Spring 2021 - Remote
Office Hours: TBA:

Meeting Info

Online: Tues, Thurs, 2:00PM - 3:20PM

Overview of class

In this course, we will explore the evolving ways in which the Middle East is visually represented in the United States from the mid-twentieth century to the present, post-9/11 era. Through discussing film, television, and photographic journalism alongside critical works of cultural analysis, we will work through how cultural objects come to function as salient social and political texts that pervade U.S. publics and how they deploy issues of race, gender and sexuality. We will begin with foundational theoretical texts that will shape our readings of representations of Southwest Asia/North Africa throughout the course. The majority of the term will then revolve around cultural objects and critical texts that shape meanings of Southwest Asia/North Africa in the United States. We will then end with a look at ways in which Southwest Asians/North Africans in the diaspora use visual culture to counter these monolithic representations.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:
? Explain concepts of representation that examine how race, gender, and sexuality shape U.S.-made visual productions of the Middle East
? Examine how representations of the Middle East change over time in the context of U.S. imperialism and Orientalism
? Identify elements of visual analysis, including composition, lighting, and affect
? Conduct a close reading of a cultural object in relation to its historical context and significance

Class Materials (Required)

No materials will need to be paid for. All readings will be articles provided by instructor

Class Attributes

Social & Behavioral Sciences Distro Area
Synchronous:Class meets remotely at scheduled time