4.621
Orientalism and Representation

Prerequisites: 
Permission of instructor
Required of: 
MArch and SMArchS students

Note: this subject now meets in 5-216.

Seminar on the historiography and politics of representation with special focus on Orientalist traditions in architecture, art, literature, and scholarship. Critically analyzes pivotal texts, projects, and images that informed the cross-cultural encounters between the West and the Orient from Antiquity to the present. Discusses how political and ideological attitudes and religious beliefs informed both the construction and reproduction of Western knowledge about the Islamic world as well as the revisionist Oriental self-representations. Research paper required.