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The Resource "Evil" Arabs in American popular film : orientalist fear, Tim Jon Semmerling

"Evil" Arabs in American popular film : orientalist fear, Tim Jon Semmerling

Label
"Evil" Arabs in American popular film : orientalist fear
Title
"Evil" Arabs in American popular film
Title remainder
orientalist fear
Statement of responsibility
Tim Jon Semmerling
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The "evil" Arab has become a stock character in American popular films, playing the villain opposite American "good guys" who fight for "the American way." It's not surprising that this stereotype has entered American popular culture, given the real-world conflicts between the United States and Middle Eastern countries, particularly since the oil embargo of the 1970s and continuing through the Iranian hostage crisis, the first and second Gulf Wars, and the ongoing struggle against al-Qaeda. But when one compares the "evil" Arab of popular culture to real Arab people, the stereotype falls apart. In this thought-provoking book, Tim Jon Semmerling further dismantles the "evil" Arab stereotype by showing how American cultural fears, which stem from challenges to our national ideologies and myths, have driven us to create the "evil" Arab Other. Semmerling bases his argument on close readings of six films (The Exorcist, Rollover, Black Sunday, Three Kings, Rules of Engagement, and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut), as well as CNN's 9/11 documentary America Remembers. Looking at their narrative structures and visual tropes, he analyzes how the films portray Arabs as threatening to subvert American "truths" and mythic tales--and how the insecurity this engenders causes Americans to project evil character and intentions on Arab peoples, landscapes, and cultures. Semmerling also demonstrates how the "evil" Arab narrative has even crept into the documentary coverage of 9/11. Overall, Semmerling's probing analysis of America's Orientalist fears exposes how the "evil" Arab of American popular film is actually an illusion that reveals more about Americans than Arabs. --Publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
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1961-
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Semmerling, Tim Jon
Dewey number
791.43/6529927
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.A68
LC item number
S46 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Arabs in motion pictures
  • Motion pictures
Label
"Evil" Arabs in American popular film : orientalist fear, Tim Jon Semmerling
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [271]-285) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The exorcist : assault on American confidence (1973) -- Rollover : assault on the American economy (1981) -- Black Sunday: the loss of frontier heroism (1976) -- Three kings : assault on victory culture (1999) -- Rules of engagement : attack from the multicultural front (2000) -- CNN's America remembers : the "real" attack (2002) -- The South Park lesson and orientalist fear
Control code
62342783
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 303 pages
Isbn
9780292713420
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005034326
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
  • 9780292713413
  • 9780292713420
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
"Evil" Arabs in American popular film : orientalist fear, Tim Jon Semmerling
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [271]-285) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The exorcist : assault on American confidence (1973) -- Rollover : assault on the American economy (1981) -- Black Sunday: the loss of frontier heroism (1976) -- Three kings : assault on victory culture (1999) -- Rules of engagement : attack from the multicultural front (2000) -- CNN's America remembers : the "real" attack (2002) -- The South Park lesson and orientalist fear
Control code
62342783
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 303 pages
Isbn
9780292713420
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2005034326
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
  • 9780292713413
  • 9780292713420
Other physical details
illustrations

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