Islamophobia in Early and Contemporary America: Reproducing Myths in Slaves in Algiers (1794) and Argo (2012)
This paper examines the representational practices in Susanna Haswell Rowson’s melodramatic comedy Slaves of Algiers, or, A struggle for Freedom (1794) and Ben Affleck’s thriller movie Argo (2012) claiming that both works, although historically distant, employ a similar repertoire of representations which repeat myths and stereotypes about the Islamic culture and people. Deploying Stuart Hall’s theory of representation and drawing ... Read more