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Non-Western Culture Represented in Literature - Chapter Summary
This chapter provides a high-level overview of how non-Western culture is represented in literature from various regions of the globe. This chapter explores some prominent examples of how non-Western cultures appear to readers from other cultures such as significant works from authors like Edward Said, Joseph Conrad, and Disney Studios. To help you reinforce your understanding of these concepts, we've included short lesson quizzes and a chapter exam. If you have any questions about these concepts, you can submit them to our instructors online at any time. When you're finished, you should be able to:
- Summarize how non-Western culture is typically represented in literature
- Define Orientalism and evaluate its influence on the Western perception of non-Western culture
- Analyze the Middle Eastern tales and compare them to modern depictions of Middle East culture
- Consider modern depictions of Middle East culture in fairy tales and compare them to the original folk tales.
- Contrast how women from non-Western literature are represented compared to women from Western cultures.
- Explain how Eastern values differ from Western values and where the two might conflict.
- Explain the challenges that different generations of non-Western cultures face in the modern world.
1. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk: Summary & Analysis
Have you ever wondered how stories can affect your world-view? Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores this in her 'TED talk' presentation, examining the concept of the 'single story' and the power that narratives have in shaping our perceptions of one another.
2. Orientalism by Edward Said: Summary & Concept
This article reviews Edward Said's controversial work, 'Orientalism,' and its impact throughout the academic world. Complete the lesson, then test yourself with the quiz!
3. Orientalism in Media & Literature: Definition, Use & Examples
You may have heard people discussing orientalism before, but what does this really mean? In this lesson, we'll discuss orientalism and its appearances in literature and media.
4. The Arabian Nights Stories: Summary & Overview
This lesson summarizes 'The Arabian Nights' and discusses its impact on culture around the world. It also gives an interesting look into the Islamic world.
5. Disney Stereotypes: Race & Gender
This lesson discusses the controversial nature of Disney feature animated films due to racial and gender stereotyping, which occurs in many of their early as well as recent films.
6. Analysis of Almayer's Folly by Joseph Conrad
In this lesson, we will analyze the novel 'Almayer's Folly' by Joseph Conrad. This is a story about a family who is impacted by European influence in Southeast Asia.
7. Summary & Analysis of Under the Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship & Colonial Discourses
Does feminist scholarship apply to all women, in the same way? Let's take a look at that question through the work of Chadra Talpade Mohanty and her influential article ''Under Western Eyes.''
8. Madame Butterfly: Summary & Analysis
''Madame Butterfly'' explores the contact between Japan and the USA in the 19th century, and the consequences of this contact. In this lesson, we'll take a closer look at this famous story.
9. Him, Me, Muhammed Ali by Randa Jarrar: Summary & Analysis
How do you unite short stories into an entire book? ''Him, Me, Muhammad Ali'' by Randa Jarrar does just that, weaving 13 stories together in this collection.
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