Archive for: Slow-Rolling Orientalism
Melodrama in Craig Thompson’s Habibi — part of the ongoing roundtable on Orientalism.
Said was putting forth defenses of books like Heart of Darkness specifically on the grounds that Conrad was self-aware.
Thompson’s risky gambit was to create a consciously Orientalist work in a post 9/11 context.
The booklet is self-consciously tongue-in-cheek in its anthropological pretentions, but that doesn’t make the pretensions any less pretentious or any less anthropological.
The resultant comic is one that will excite every Western prejudice imaginable; not only of a depraved society but one of helpless, abused Arabian women begging to be saved from their bestial male counterparts.