Title Mapping Orientalist Discourses: Using Waltz with Bashir in the Classroom
Authors TOMÉ ALONSO, BEATRIZ, Ferreiro Prado, Lucia, TOMÉ ALONSO, BEATRIZ
External publication No
Means Int. Stud. Perspect.
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 3
SJR Quartile 1
Area International
Publication date 01/05/2020
ISI 000537412100002
DOI 10.1093/isp/ekz009
Abstract While fiction and non-fiction productions can be used as tools to observe, describe, and analyze the "world-out-there," within these events-issues centered approaches post-positivists posit films themselves as "cultural artifacts" to be analyzed. This paper proposes a critical analysis of Waltz with Bashir (2008) to be conducted with students in the classroom. This acclaimed animated film by Israeli writer and director Ari Folman depicting the 1982 Lebanon War is a non-obvious but germane example of Said's "Orientalism." After explaining post-structuralism and post-orientalist stances on subjectivity, power relations, and the political consequences of the narratives we create, we analyze the film by applying an orientalist grid to Waltz with Bashir and raising qualitative questions to foster the student's criticality. We conclude by examining student's reactions to the film and their understanding of "Orientalism."
Keywords Orientalism; pedagogy; film; Middle East; international relations
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