Imagining Arab Womanhood: The Cultural Mythology of Veils, Harems, and Belly Dancers in the U.S.

Paperback | October 15, 2010

byAmira Jarmakani

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Winner of the 2008 National Women's Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldúa prize!

Imagining Arab Womanhood examines orientalist images of Arab womanhood in the United States since the turn of the twentieth century, exploring, in particular, representations of belly dancers, harem girls, and veiled women. Through semiotic analysis, Jarmakani demonstrates that these images have functioned as nostalgic placeholders for pressing, yet unarticulated concerns about shifting spatial and temporal realities within the contexts of expansionism/modernization and imperialism/late capitalism. Calling these representations cultural mythologies, Jarmakani maps them onto dominant American narratives of power and progress, insisting on an analysis that understands them to be artifacts shaped by the interests of the American contexts in which they circulate. Imagining Arab Womanhood is a vital addition to conversations about representation, race, and gender.

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Winner of the 2008 National Women's Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldúa prize!Imagining Arab Womanhood examines orientalist images of Arab womanhood in the United States since the turn of the twentieth century, exploring, in particular, representations of belly dancers, harem girls, and veiled women. Through semiotic analysis, Jarma...

Amira Jarmakani is Assistant Professor in the Women’s Studies Institute at Georgia State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.63 × 5.65 × 0.62 inPublished:October 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230103308

ISBN - 13:9780230103306

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Table of Contents

Excavating Orientalist Images of Arab Womanhood * Traveling Orientalism: U.S. Echoes of a French Tradition * Dancing the Hootchy Kootchy: The Rhythms and Contortions of American Orientalism * Selling Little Egypt: The Commodification of Arab Womanhood * Veiled Intentions: The Cultural Mythology of Veils, Harems, and Belly Dancers in the Service of Empire, Security, and Globalization

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Winner of the 2008 National Women's Studies Association Gloria Anzaldúa prize!“An interdisciplinary analysis par excellence, this book makes for engrossing reading and provides an understanding and much needed contribution to women’s studies, ethnic studies, American cultural studies, and political studies, as well as Arab American studies.”–Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies"This is an outstanding, truly innovative, and very timely project that explores predominant images of Arab women in U.S. popular culture."--Nadine Naber, Program in American Culture and Department of Women's Studies, University of Michigan