‘That Utterly Confused Caegory’

Jonathan Goldberg

in Sodometries

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232215
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241217 | DOI:
‘That Utterly Confused Caegory’

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In November 1990, just a few months after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, and in the midst of U.S. preparations for war, an ad for a T-shirt appeared in Rolling Stone magazine. “Americans, Make a Statement”, the ad read; it displayed the image that “Americans” might sport: a U.S. flag appears in the background, partially obscured by a camel; superimposed on the camel's rump — obligingly turned to meet the viewer's gaze — is the face of the Iraqi leader, smiling, slightly open-mouthed, his head swathed in Arab headdress.

Keywords: Iraqi invasion; Kuwait; Rolling Stone; Americans; Iraqi leader

Chapter.  9245 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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