Desert Songs: Western Images of Morocco and Moroccan Images of the West
SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 354 pages
In an unusual approach to cultural studies, John Maier examines a wide variety of modern Western and Eastern texts. He brings together very different forms of cultural production: modern and postmodern fiction and folktales, advertising copy and oral histories, travel literature, and ethnographic studies. Many academic disciplines are also juxtaposed--literature and literary theory, linguistics, history, psychoanalysis, sociology, film studies, women's studies, and anthropology--largely because they have themselves been transformed by the cultural questions raised here.
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Page 6 - Woman then stands in patriarchal culture as signifier for the male other, bound by a symbolic order in which man can live out his phantasies and obsessions through linguistic command by imposing them on the silent image of woman still tied to her place as bearer of meaning, not maker of meaning.