Posted: October 1st, 2022
Explain Edward Said’s notion of Orientalism and/or Seymour Phillips notion of medieval fantasies by identifying and describing an example of a movie, a television series, a cartoon, or a piece of literature in which its fictional depiction of fantastic beasts, monsters, extraterrestrials, or other species of people suggests the racialized European notions of other cultures as addressed by Seymour Phillips and Michael Soldatenko (i.e. the lecture slides). Do not provide just a plot summary of your example, but rather explore how the images and story in your example reflect the worldview of the author of the source material (e.g. J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkein, Stan Lee, George Lucas, James Cameron, George R.R. Martin, Susan Collins, etc.). With its fictional depiction of race and culture, how does your example suggest medieval fantasies and the legacy of Orientalism as described in this week’s material? Does your example include allegories and allusions to Western history & politics, cultural folklore, or stereotypes of other peoples? Feel free to upload any images, photographs, or links to video that enhance your example.
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