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Confronting orientalism : a self-study of educating through Hindu dance

Author: Sabrina D MisirHiralall
Publisher: Rotterdam : Sense Publishers, [2017] ©2017
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The author aims to use Kuchipudi Indian classical Hindu dance to educate non-Hindus about Hinduism with postcolonialism in mind. This goal arises from her dance experiences and the historical era of imperialism. Colonization occurs when those in power believe there is a need to dominate in a manner that subjugates people. Colonizers created colonies as they moved into territory because they felt there was a need to  Read more...
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MisirHiralall, Sabrina D.
Confronting orientalism.
Rotterdam : Sense Publishers, [2017]
(OCoLC)1012523193
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sabrina D MisirHiralall
ISBN: 9789463511919 9463511911 946351189X 9789463511896
OCLC Number: 1012487459
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 192 pages) : illustrations
Contents: TABLE OF CONTENTS; PREFACE; CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION: A Postcolonial Self-Study; WHO AM I?; WHY DO I TEACH NON-HINDUS?; MY BODY; ABOUT KUCHIPUDI; ORIENTALISM; QUESTIONS FOR THIS PROJECT; CONFRONTING ORIENTALISM; A POSTCOLONIAL SELF-STUDY; SAIDâ#x80;#x99;S METHOD; Starting from â#x80;#x9C;What One Really Isâ#x80;#x9D;: Defining My Strategic Location; Textual Selection: Organizing a Strategic Formation; Textual Analysis: Exposure of Orientalist Biases and Development of Humanist Pragmatism; GUIDING CRITERIA FOR SELF-STUDY; DATA COLLECTION; Journaling; Analysis; Trustworthiness; WRITING STYLE; SUMMARY; NOTES. CHAPTER 2: DE-ORIENTALIZED PEDAGOGICAL SPACESINTRODUCTION; Emerging of Pedagogical Spaces; OVERLAPPING PEDAGOGICAL SPACE: EDWARD SAID; HYBRIDITY: HOMI BHABHA; MIRRORING: ASHIS NANDY; CHAPTER 3: THE GAZES; INTRODUCTION; LAURA MULVEY: THE MALE GAZE; E. ANN KAPLAN: THE IMPERIAL GAZE; DAVID MORGAN: THE SACRED GAZE; DE-ORIENTALIZED EDUCATIONAL GAZE AND ORIENTALIZED EDUCATIONAL GAZE; Spiritual Other; Exotic Other; The Shield; OVERALL IMPLICATIONS; NOTES; CHAPTER 4: UNVEILING THE HIDDEN CURRICULUM OF HINDU METAPHYSICS; INTRODUCTION; THE HIDDEN CURRICULUM. IMPLICATIONSFUTURE RESEARCH; NOTE; REFERENCES; ABOUT THE AUTHOR. OVERLAPPING PEDAGOGICAL SPACE IN THE CLASSROOMPEDAGOGICAL SPACE OF HYBRIDITY AT AN INVITED LECTURE; THEATRICAL SPACE OF MIRRORING; MONISM THROUGH THE TARANGAM DANCE; MONOTHEISM OR POLYTHEISM; MONISM OR DUALISM; RETURNING TO OTTO; NOTES; CHAPTER 5: RELIGIOUS EPISTEMOLOGY WITH A FOCUS ON THE RAMAYANA; INTRODUCTION; RELIGIOUS EPISTEMOLOGY; CONFRONTING MYTHOLOGICAL CLAIMS; A HISTORICAL ACCOUNT; FROM HISTORY TO ORIENTALISM; MOVING BACK TO A DE-ORIENTALIZED CURRICULUM; NOTES; CHAPTER 6: CONCLUSION; INTRODUCTION; SUMMARY OF CHAPTERS; CONTRIBUTION OF RESEARCH; LIMITATIONS OF RESEARCH; CRITICISMS.
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The author aims to use Kuchipudi Indian classical Hindu dance to educate non-Hindus about Hinduism with postcolonialism in mind. This goal arises from her dance experiences and the historical era of imperialism. Colonization occurs when those in power believe there is a need to dominate in a manner that subjugates people. Colonizers created colonies as they moved into territory because they felt there was a need to "civilize" the so-called savages of the land. Postcolonialism is an intellectual discourse that confronts the legacy of colonialism and attempts to de-colonize. With the legacy of colonialism and a postcolonial lens in mind, some research questions arise. How does she, as a Kuchipudi dancer, use Hindu dance to educate non-Hindus about the Eastern literature of Hinduism? For non-Hindus, she feels the power of the exoticizing gaze when she dances, which might very well block the educational intention of the dance. This exoticizing gaze prevents the understanding of the traditional nature of the dance and the introduction to Hinduism as a world religion. The author's problem is moving the exotic gaze of non-Hindus to an educational gaze that seeks to learn about the ethics of Hinduism in a manner that takes into consideration the multiple perspectives of the complex society we live in today. "In short, MisirHiralall's research highlights the role of contemplation and critical-self reflection in creating opportunities for true intercultural relations that respect the epistemologies of traditionally marginalized and stigmatized non-Western religions and cultures. This is essential theoretical and practical research for a multicultural society that is grounded in first-person, lived experience."--Tyson E. Lewis, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Art Education, University of North Texas "Most impressive is that MisirHiralall is walking her talk through a thoughtful and lyrical self-study that is situated in the in-between: between the mind and body, the gaze of the Other and the self, the Eastern and Western worlds, and the fields of dance, religion, philosophy, cultural studies, and teacher education."--Monica Taylor, Ph. D., Professor and Deputy Chair of the Department of Secondary and Special Education, Montclair State University "In MisirHiralall's Confronting Orientalism, the reader is gifted with a rare glimpse into a philosopher-educator's wrestling with her teaching through the medium of Hindu dance ... All who think seriously about the context and impact of their teaching in connection with their core values can benefit from reading of this book." - Michael D. Waggoner, Ph. D., Professor of Postsecondary Education, University of Northern Iowa, Editor of Religion & Education.

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