Essay Topic 1
Define Orientalism and Occidentalism as used by Edward Said in his book Orientalism. How do the studies and fields within these subjects differ? Is Orientalism to be commended historically? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss "the Other" as it applies to Orientalism. For what reasons do human beings choose to classify and create distinctions between separate groups? What are the impacts of these separations?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss Arthur James Balfour's role in Orientalist history. What position did Balfour hold politically in Great Britain? What criticism did Balfour encounter in the later stages of the Boer War? What policies did Balfour present regarding the Orient?
Essay Topic 4
Describe and discuss "the Orient" as it applies to the history of Orientalism. What region(s) does the Orient encompass? What different languages and cultures can be found within this span? What religions pervade in the Orient?
Essay Topic 5
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