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Author McAlister, Melani, 1962-

Title Epic encounters : culture, media, and U.S. interests in the Middle East, 1945-2000 / Melani McAlister.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2001.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  327.56073 MCAL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 358 pages ; 24 cm.
Series American crossroads ; 6.
American crossroads ; 6.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Middle East Interests 1 -- 1. "Benevolent Supremacy": The Biblical Epic at the Dawn of the American Century, 1947-1960 43 -- 2. Middle East in African American Cultural Politics, 1955-1972 84 -- 3. King Tut, Commodity Nationalism, and the Politics of Oil, 1973-1979 125 -- 4. Good Fight: Israel After Vietnam, 1972-1980 155 -- 5. Iran, Islam, and the Terrorist Threat, 1979-1989 198 -- 6. Military Multiculturalism in the Gulf War and After, 1990-1999 235 -- Conclusion: Orientalism Redux 266.
Summary In the last half of the twentieth century, cultural products -- from films and news reports to museum exhibits and novels -- profoundly shaped ideas about the relationship between Americans and the Middle East. In this innovative book, Melani McAlister explores the cultural history of political interests, arguing that U.S. encounters with the Middle East were influenced by both the presence of oil and the religious symbolism of the region. She skillfully weaves lively and accessible readings of popular culture with a rigorous analysis of U.S. foreign policy and the domestic politics of race.
Subject Mass media and public opinion -- United States.
Public opinion -- United States.
Middle East -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Middle East.
Middle East -- Foreign public opinion, American.
United States -- Civilization -- 1945-
ISBN 0520214439 (cloth : alk. paper)
0520228103 (paperback: alk. paper)