Orientalism Remains – Hager Ben Driss
(Hager Ben Driss, University of Tunis)
Forty years after the publication of Orientalism, Edward Said’s conceptualization of epestemically constructed geographical areas is still valid. This paper looks into the longevity of this work and traces its reverberations in literary and cultural studies. I argue that Orientalism, as a mode of knowledge production, is a concept in progress. As it eludes ossification, it changes of meanings and locations; opens up new venues of dialogue and negotiations; and accommodates new cultural vistas and situations. As a foundational text of postcolonial studies, Orientalism sustains its viability from a thriving field still securing an advantageous place in humanities. Said’s critique of literary tropes and representations are recuperated in recent postcolonial texts narrating immigration, 9/11 events, and the ‘Arab Spring’. The rapid progress of technology has brought Orientalism to the realm of the virtual. Epistemic violence operates digitally on the internet and re/creates, this time, a global circulation of the same images and miss/representations criticized in Orientalism some forty years ago.
Hager Ben Driss is Assistant Professor at the Institut Prepartoire aux Etudes littéraires et Sciences Humaines, Université de Tunis. She teaches English, American, and Anglophone literature and her research addresses mainly postcolonial and gender studies. Ben Driss is the editor of Knowledge: Trans/Formations (Tunis: Sahar, 2013). She is member of Philab where she presided the research group Gender Studies (2014-2017). She is the editor of Women, Violence, and Resistance (co-editor Meryem Sellami. Arabesque, 2017).
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