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Lawrence of ArabiaA Film's Anthropology$
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Steven Caton

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780520210820

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520210820.001.0001

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An Anti-imperialist, Orientalist Epic

An Anti-imperialist, Orientalist Epic

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(p.172) Chapter 5 An Anti-imperialist, Orientalist Epic
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Lawrence of Arabia
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Steven C. Caton

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520210820.003.0006

This chapter addresses the question of anthropology and of orientalism, which is invoked by Lawrence of Arabia. It shows how the film is both deeply orientalist and engaged in a critique of colonialism, which includes the U.S. colonial adventurism of the 1960s. This chapter also notes that the critique reminds people that the Lawrence legend was created by a newspaper man hired by the U.S. government to portray World War I in its more “romantic” aspects, which drew the nation toward war.

Keywords:   orientalism, critique of colonialism, colonial adventurism, Lawrence legend, romantic aspects, war

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