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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

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

Steven C. Caton

University of California Press

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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