Edward Said

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By a wide measure of assent, Edward Said is one of the most important scholars examining society, politics and culture. A Palestinian-American, his life has been shaped by the cross-currents of race, globalization and nationalist violence. Said has emerged as a leading figure in the dialogue between occidentalism and orientalism, making seminal contributions to our understanding of colonialism, post-colonialism and the responsibilities of criticism. He is one of figures cited most frequently in the Social Science...

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Overview

By a wide measure of assent, Edward Said is one of the most important scholars examining society, politics and culture. A Palestinian-American, his life has been shaped by the cross-currents of race, globalization and nationalist violence. Said has emerged as a leading figure in the dialogue between occidentalism and orientalism, making seminal contributions to our understanding of colonialism, post-colonialism and the responsibilities of criticism. He is one of figures cited most frequently in the Social Science Citation Index, and one of the few, genuinely global, public intellectuals.

This exhaustive and unparalleled collection draws together the essential writings on Edward Said's thought in a collection which any serious student of contemporary social thought will find indispensable. Planned and produced with a view to provide an accessible and reliable survey of all aspects of Said's voluminous writings, the collection is divided into four sections.

Section 1: Intellectuals and Critics: Positions and Polemics

Included here are reflections on some of the master-themes in Said's thought: the question of the displacement of the intellectual critic; the metaphysics of critical 'homelessness', the challenges of exile; Said's relation to postcolonialism; and the important debates between Said, Aijaz Ahmad and Walzer. The challenging and controversial nature of many of Said's ideas are fully explored and the originality of his position on intellectual criticism and postcolonialism is properly acknowledged.

Section 2: Versions of Orientalism

Said's study of orientalism was arguably a break-through work, rapidly establishing him as a central cultural critic of modern times. Said's study was instrumental in opening up postcolonialism as an area of analysis. In this section the relevance of orientalism to the study of culture is examined, and the antinomies of orientalism are surveyed. Said was fully aware that he was writing about a contested subject when he published Orientalism. Here, the axes of contestation are brought together, and their power is compared and contrasted. The section includes discussions of the relevance of orientalism to the study of Japan; Barthes and orientalism; China and orientalism; orientalism and the Third World; feminism, imperialism and orientalism; orientalism, the West and Islam; and orientalism and technology.

Section 3: Cultural Forms, Disciplinary Boundaries

Said's interest in the politics of power and domination is richly explored in his thought on disciplinary boundaries. His work can be partly understood as an attack on certain forms of institutionalized epistemology, but always, with a conviction that the necessity of truth is the sine quo non of academic debate. This section provides readers with insights into the breadth and quality of Said's writings. It includes reflections on Said's Culture and Imperialism; nationalism, colonialism and postcolonialism; music, literature and emotion; Said and the study of history; Said, anthropology and ethnography; language and war; representations of domination through aesthetic forms; and multiculturalism, geography and postcolonial theory. What comes through most powerfully is the sheer expanse and inspired relevance of Said's thought to understanding the present and the relationship between history and the present.

Section 4: Theory and Politics

The questions that Said has devoted himself to studying have very wide implications into the organization of self and society. Indeed, Said is an exemplary political writer, in as much as he never stints on his attempt to demonstrate the relevance of theory for practice. This section fully explores these aspects of Said's work. It includes discussions of colonialism an discrimination; the cult of theory; the politics of nonidentity; the power of the word; the relationship between Jameson and Said; Said and cultural relativism; Fanon and Said; Chomsky and Said; the relevance of Said's thought to understanding minority culture; Palestine and the betrayal of history; and the psychology of nationalism.

Informed, judicious and replete with insights, Edward Said is a worthy addition to the SAGE Masters of Modern Social Thought series. It offers an opportunity to evaluate the contribution made by Said to understanding the unique character of our time. It will be a rich resource for students of sociology, political science, cultural studies, anthropology, colonialism and post-colonialism.

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Patrick Williams is Reader in the Department of English and Communications, at Nottingham Trent University

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: INTELLECTUALS AND CRITICS: POSITIONS AND POLEMICS
Interview with Edward W Said - Edward W Said and Diacritics
Politics, the Profession, and the Critic - Catherine Gallagher
Intellectuals at War - Paul A Bov[ac]e
Michel Foucault and the Analytics of Power
The Critic as Dis/Placed Intelligence - Mustapha Ben T Marrouchi
The Case of Edward Said
Orientalism and After - Aijaz Ahmad
Ambivalence and Metropolitan Location in the Work of Edward Said
The National Question - Michael Sprinker
Said, Ahmad, Jameson
News from Nowhere - Marjorie Levinson
The Discontents of Aijaz Ahmad
An Interview with Edward W Said - Edward W Said, Joseph A Buttigieg and Paul A Bov[ac]e
The East is a Career - Bruce Robbins
Edward Said
The Palestinian Intellectual and the Liberation of the Academy - Barbara Harlow
Worldliness-Without-World, Homelessness-as-Home - Abdul R Jan Mohamed
Toward a Definition of the Specular Border Intellectual
The Intifada of the Intellectuals - Mark Walhout
An Ecumenical Perspective on the Walzer-Said Exchange
Edward W Said and the American Public Sphere - Rashid I Khalidi
Speaking Truth to Power
Conversation with Edward Said - Edward Said and Bill Ashcroft
Edward Said, Late Style and the Aesthetic of Exile - Tim Lawrence
'What Truth? For Whom and Where?' - Martin Hollis
Nothing in the Post? - Patrick Williams
Said and the Problem of Post-Colonial Intellectuals
PART TWO: VERSIONS OF ORIENTALISM
Orientalism and the Study of Japan - Richard H Minear
Orientalism and its Problems - Dennis Porter
The Challenge of Orientalism - Lata Mani and Ruth Frankenberg
On Orientalism - James Clifford
The Prisonhouse of Orientalism - Zakia Pathak, Saswati Sengupta and Sharmila Purkayastha
After Orientalism - Rosalind O'Hanlon and David Washbrook
Culture, Criticism and Politics in the Third World
Techno-Orientalism - David Morley and Kevin Robins
Futures, Foreigners and Phobias
Under the Sign of Orientalism - Mahmut Mutman
The West vs. Islam
Barthes and Orientalism - Diana Knight
The Sultan and the Slave - Joyce Zonana
Feminist Orientalism and the Structures of Jane Eyre
Looking the Same? A Preliminary (Postcolonial) Discussion of Orientalism and Occidentalism in Australia and Japan - Leigh Dale and Helen Gilbert
Acting Out Orientalism - Emily Apter
Sapphic Theatricality in Turn-of-the-Century Paris
Vacation Cruises; or, the Homoerotics of Orientalism - Joseph A Boone
Orientalism
Now - Gyan Prakash
Chinese History and the Question of Orientalism - Arif Dirlik
Feminism, Imperialism and Orientalism - Joanna Liddle and Shirin Rai
The Challenge of the 'Indian Woman'
Orientalism - Neil Macmaster and Toni Lewis
From Unveiling to Hyperveiling
The Illusion of a Future - Timothy Brennan
Orientalism as Travelling Theory
PART THREE: CULTURAL FORMS, DISCIPLINARY BOUNDARIES
Overlapping Territories and Intertwined Histories - Benita Parry
Edward Said's Postcolonial Cosmopolitanism
Presence and Representation - Johannes Fabian
The Other and Anthropological Writing
Orientalism and the Ethnographer - Catherine Gimelli Martin
Said, Herodotus and the Discourse of Alterity
The Mightier Pen - Ernest Gellner
The Double Standards of Inside-Out Colonialism
The Ethics of Mansfield Park - Allen Dunn
Mac Intyre, Said and Social Context
Jane Austen and Edward Said - Susan Fraiman
Gender, Culture and Imperialism
Edward Said's Culture and Imperialism - Bruce Robbins et al
A Symposium
Nationalism and Exoticism - Lisa Lowe
Nineteenth-Century Others in Flaubert's Salammbo
and L'Education Sentimentale
Representing Empire - Michael Hays
Class, Culture and the Popular Theatre in the Nineteenth Century
Narrating Imperialism - Benita Parry
Nostromo's Dystopia
East is East and South is South - Elleke Boehmer
Postcolonialism as Neo-Orientalism, the Cases of Sarojini Naidu and Arundhati Roy
Edward Said and the Historians - John M Mac Kenzie
Orientalism and World History - Edmund Burke III
Representing Middle Eastern Nationalism and Islamism in the Twentieth Century
Displacing Limits of Difference - Christine Anne Holmlund
Gender, Race and Colonialism in Edward Said and Homi Bhabha's Theoretical Models and Marguerite Duras's Experimental Films
The Family Romance of Orientalism - Marina Heung
From Madame Butterfly
to Indochine
Language and War - Bob Hodge
Orientalism in the 'Mother of All Battles'
The Matter of Language - Terry Cochran
Said as Music Critic - Henry Louis Gates Jr
The Sublime Lyrical Abstractions of Edward W Said - Jim Merod
Orientalism and Musical Style - Derek B Scott
In Responses Begins Responsibility - Lindsay Waters
Music and Emotion
Beyond Occidentalism - Fernando Coronil
Toward Nonimperial Geohistorical Categories
Multiculturalism, Geography, Postcolonial Theory - John K Noyes
PART FOUR: THEORY AND POLITICS
Criticism as Cultural Politics - Hayden White
Scriptive Fate/Scriptive Hope - Joseph N Riddel
Difference, Discrimination and the Discourse of Colonialism - Homi K Bhabha
Criticism Worldly and Otherworldly - Daniel O'Hara
Edward W Said and the Cult of Theory
Theorizing Opposition - Robert Con Davis
Aristotle, Greimas, Jameson and Said
The Genealogy of Justice and the Justice of Genealogy - Harold Weiss
Chomsky and Said vs. Foucault and Bov[ac]e
Play and Cultural Differences - Paul B Armstrong
Hope and Reconciliation - Paul Bov[ac]e
A Review of Edward W Said
Translating Theories - Michael Dutton and Peter Williams
Edward Said on Orientalism, Imperialism and Alterity
Third Worldist Relativism - Ray Kiely
A New Form of Imperialism
Edward W Said - Asha Varadharajan
The Politics of Nonidentity - Fred Dallmayr
Adorno, Postmodernism - and Edward Said
Culture and Colonization - William V Spanos
The Imperial Imperatives of the Centered Circle
Postcolonial Theory in the Literature Classroom - Michael Garbutcheon Singh and James Greenlaw
Contrapuntal Readings
Auerbach in Istanbul - Amir R Mufti
Edward Said, Secular Criticism and the Question of Minority Culture
Humanism in Question - Anthony C Alessandrini
Fanon and Said
Palestine - Edward W Said and David Barsamian
Betrayal of History
Disinformation and the Palestine Question - Norman G Finkelstein
The Not-So-Strange Case of Joan Peters's From Time Immemorial
Broadcasts - Christopher Hitchens
White Skin, Black Masks - Bryan Cheyette
Jews and Jewishness in the Writings of George Eliot and Franz Fanon
Antinomies of Exile - Ella Shohat
Said at the Frontiers of National Narrations
A Question of Survival - Homi K Bhabha
Nations and Psychic States

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