For my Israeli and Palestinian Literatures class, I begin with eliciting anonymously the various images and stereotypes that float around in our culture about Jews and Muslims, Arabs, Palestinians and Israelis. The list is always interesting, and sometimes downright shocking. This video is one of the bruising inoculations that we take in order to confront our culture's relentlessly Orientalist representations.
This video deals with historical anti-Semitism:
And present-day anti-Semitism:
Further thoughts on the cultural labor of poetry and art. Not merely "is it good?," but "what has it accomplished?"...reviews of recent poetry collections; selected poems and art dealing with war/peace/social change; reviews of poetry readings; links to political commentary (particularly on conflicts in the Middle East); youtubed performances of music, demos, and other audio-video nuggets dealing with peaceful change, dissent and resistance.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Confronting Orientalism and Anti-Semitism: Salloum's "Planet of the Arabs" and Two Videos on Anti-Semitism
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antisemitism is disgusting
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