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Lawrence of Arabia: A Film's Anthropology

Steven Caton


Combining ethnography, film criticism, and extensive knowledge of the Middle East, this book presents an examination of the classic film, Lawrence of Arabia. The book is interested in why this epic film has been so compelling for so many people for more than three decades. In seeking an answer, it draws from situations in life, biographies of the film's key participants, and analyses of issues relating to class, gender, colonialism, and cultural differences. The result is a book that poses important questions of ethnographic representation and the discourse of power. The book's approach is dia ... More

Keywords: ethnography, film criticism, Middle East, Lawrence of Arabia, epic film, class, gender, colonialism, cultural differences, ethnographic representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780520210820
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520210820.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Caton, author