A research proposal about 2.5 pages single spaced that meets the requirements
listed below. It must include all the proposals listed below, that flow
together into well organized and constructed paper, with a well constructed
thesis that involves all the elements of the proposals listed below
Using the paper on Edward Said’s on Orientalism, and the order that followed
dealing with Timothy Mitchell’s paper on Orientalism also, and the proposals
included along with this information, a research proposal is needed to be done
with a thesis statement that involved all the different proposals and how they
link to Orientalism, modernity, discourse. The Edward Said and Timothy Mitchell
pieces should be condensed into a 1 page introduction with a thesis, following
that the proposals listed below should all be put together into a well
organized proposal that flows.
The timothy article can be found here http://books.google.ca/books?id=lOYGlui0UpQC&pg=PA289&dq=timothy+mitchell+orientalism&client=firefox-a pg 289-314
And the edward said piece is order number was 105890 written by Heideger, who also wrote a follow up to it about timothy mitchell and is piece on orientalism which can be used.
The edward said piece and timothy mitchell pieces need to be summarized with there main arugemnts and points about orientalism, and a comparison of between the two articles, and the similarities and differences between what each author writes.
The Proposals that need to be put together are:
1. I will be looking at London pre 9/11 and how myths and theories regarding terrorist attacks from what is considered to be the “other” affected and influenced the implementation of enhanced security features under the guise of “protection” for UK citizens. In particular I will be looking at how security, termed as “big brother” is used in the London Underground and how the London Underground itself constitutes a new type of city which has a community that co-exists with above ground London. I will also be looking at the role of “big brother” in the lives of individuals and how it impacts everyday living, such as speed cameras, CCTV and personal identification such as biometric passports and enhanced drivers licenses. The general public is constantly reminded that these security features are a necessity for their own protection, but I argue that this is a fallacy used to coerce society into a state of social control. I will also demonstrate that such security and surveillance in London acts out the idea of Jeremy Benthall’s panopticon as society is living out this reality with “big brother”, where our actions and body language are so closely monitored that to some extent physical responses are controlled, as we know that we are being observed.
2. I will be exploring the purpose behind Othering mostly through examples
of Literature. Beginning first by looking at the trends of Orientalist
literature and why the myths of the Orient were used then. This will be
elaborated with examples from early Gothic fiction and art of the same
period. With the early uses of Othering established a look at what
happens to spaces when the Other comes to the colonizer will be examined
with a look at a couple of the works by Salman Rushdie (“The Satanic
Verses” and “The Courter”) and the reaction of that work by both the
West and the “Orient.” With a very confusing scenario created by the
conflation of East and West a hybrid space is created I will look at how
this influences city spaces referencing again the works of Rushdie. I
will also look at this hybrid space through selected writings of Homi
Bahbha’s “Signs Taken For Wonders,” John Clement Ball’s “Satire and the
Postcolonial Novel,” “Orientalism and the Exhibitionary Order” by
Mitchell, “The Rubbish, The Remnant, Etcetera by Couze Venn,
“Endangered/Endangering: Schematic Racism and White Paranoia” by Judith
Butler will be examined against a very brief description of racial
theory extracted from Jared Diamond’s work “Guns, Germs, and Steel”
where I will suggest that the creation of the other is not completely an
act of difference, subjugation or paranoia but an act of human instinct,
an act of defence.
3. The purpose of this part of the project is to analyse how the space London, England has developed in the “post 9/11” era. The many public spaces of the city are being controlled by various methods of security precautions in order to protect Britain and its people from terrorism. I will be specifically focusing on the effects the increased security measures have had on CCTV in public spaces, the metro underground, and personal identification held by British citizens. Exploration into these subjects will result in how the language was used (such as euphemisms) in order to influence the British body into understanding that it was a protection against the terrorist enemy. I will also attempt to show a negative reaction (paranoia) to the increased fear of the “enemy” after 9/11. Consequently the connection between security, London and Orientalism will be how the enemy (Middle East/Terrorist/Other) has been portrayed to the London (British) body; in other words, the British Body/London Space is being portrayed as “the good guys” who live in a world of “freedom” and “democracy” (Occident) and it is the terrorist who have become a threat to national identity “they are not free, they are not democratic.” Thus, the connection to the course will be how London/Britain is viewed in a binary code/discourse of good/evil or Occident/Orientalism.