Orientalism in Not without my daughter by Betty Mahmoody

Authors

  • Maja Mugerle

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/an.46.1-2.39-52

Keywords:

American literature / literary studies / orientalism

Abstract

The term Orientalism has long been used to describe constructed interpretations of the Eastby the Westerners. Nowadays, these stereotypes most frequently apply to Arabs and Muslims, as wellas others who find themselves in conflicts with the USA. At an appropriate historical moment, a singlestory can have a devastating influence on our perception of the Other. One example is the book byBetty Mahmoody, Not Without My Daughter, which was released in a period when the West showedan increased interest in the Iranian culture due to various conflicts in the region. The story of a womanand her daughter, who are held captive in Iran and finally make a heroic escape, became more than justa true story of one individual. Instead of focusing on problems which need to be discussed, like therole of women in Muslim societies, it exposed a number of condemning cultural, ethnic and religiousstereotypes about the East.

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Published

31. 12. 2013

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How to Cite

Mugerle, M. (2013). Orientalism in Not without my daughter by Betty Mahmoody. Acta Neophilologica, 46(1-2), 39-52. https://doi.org/10.4312/an.46.1-2.39-52