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Abstract

(Re)Thinking Orientalism’s primary aim is to offer a pedagogical model for using graphic narratives in the classroom to explore and contest what Jones calls a dominant “visual Orientalist” discourse in Western media. Graphic narratives are fiction and nonfiction stories told in comic form, and can range from graphic novels to comic journalism. The book also examines news media, photography, comic books and television in post-9/11 USA. In particular Jones focuses on several works that deal with the representation of the Islamic Other, especially Muslim women and their primary sign of difference in Western culture, the veil. As the title suggests, Palestinian scholar Edward Said’s theory of Orientalism is a key framework used for analysis; however, the book is also a primer for using graphic narratives to explore visual literacy, visual language of comics, the representation of self/other, feminist theory, intersectionality, postcolonial theory, border theory, globalization, imagined communities, multicultural pedagogy, and critical media literacy.

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