A Passage To India

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: Use the following quotation from Edward Said’s essay on Orientalism (“Discourse of the Orient“) in your reader, and in 2000 words, and discuss it in relation to E. M. Forester’s novel, A Passage to India. Remember to focus on the key ideas that relate to Said’s statements. The Orient is not only adjacent to Europe; it is also the place of Europe’s greatest and richest and oldest colonies, the source of its civilizations and languages, its cultural contestant, and one of its deepest and most recurring images of the Other. In addition, the Orient has helped to define Europe (or the West) as its contrasting image, idea, personality, experience. … Orientalism can be discussed and analyzed as the corporate institution for dealing with the Orient---dealing with it by making statements about it, authorizing views of it, describing it, by teaching it, settling it, ruling over it: in short Orientalism as a western style for dominating, restructuring, and having authority over the Orient. -Reader, pp. 259-260 Student Notes: To answer this question you need to define and explain in your own words the key concept, ”Orientalism”. Remember the key ideas: “most recurring images of the Other,” ”contrasting image,” “authorizing views of it,” or ”western style for dominating”. You need to further elucidate this with reference to supporting arguments in Edward Said’s essay in the reader, and discussions in Block 4, The End of Empire (pp. 258-265) You need to connect this with relevant events and place descriptions in the novel which bring out these views. You need to discuss if these incidents prove Said’s views partly or wholly, or challenge them. Some such incidents are: the way the landscape is described: contrast between the British settlement and the Indian bazaars in chapter one; the failure or success of the bridge party organized by the British officers to
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