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Interviews with Edward W. Said

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Edward W. Said (1935-2003) was a controversial and influential figure in and around the U.S. academy for well over three decades. His work played a foundational role in the development of postcolonial studies, even as his books -- such as Orientalism (1978), The World, the Text, and the Critic (1983), and Culture and Imperialism (1993) -- contributed to a radical transformation of literary studies. In almost all his interviews, Said's passion and occasional rage shape the probity and complexity of his positions ...
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Overview

Edward W. Said (1935-2003) was a controversial and influential figure in and around the U.S. academy for well over three decades. His work played a foundational role in the development of postcolonial studies, even as his books -- such as Orientalism (1978), The World, the Text, and the Critic (1983), and Culture and Imperialism (1993) -- contributed to a radical transformation of literary studies. In almost all his interviews, Said's passion and occasional rage shape the probity and complexity of his positions on a variety of topics. In interviews conducted by such notable media figures as Charlie Rose, Scott Simon, Alexander Cockburn, Paula Zahn, and Jim Lehrer, Said elaborates on his quarrels with Marxism, poststructuralism, Western cultural hegemony, and postmodernism. He offers clarifications for his critics and admirers alike on the seeming contradictions in the positions he has taken from time to time. Delightful and edifying, Interviews with Edward W. Said will serve for a long time to come as a rich resource on Said's thoughtful personality and his often provocative views on both personal identity and historical experience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578063666
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 5/17/2004
  • Series: Conversations with Public Intellectuals Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 253
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

The Palestinian movement 3
Palestinian prospects now 19
Arafat visit 36
Middle East : boiling again 39
Orientalism revisited : an interview with Edward W. Said 45
Arab perspectives of conflict 59
Arabesque 64
Radical, chic 69
The Tel Aviv bombing 81
Conversation with Edward Said 84
What is Islam? 104
Lenses and tripods : Edward Said 113
Roots of the West's fear of Islam 115
Edward Said 118
An interview with Edward W. Said 122
Edward Said : a Book review interview 138
One-state solution 160
Edward W. Said 163
Edward Said : a contested history 178
Setting the record straight : Edward Said confronts his future, his past, and his critics 184
Interview : Edward Said talks about his new book Out of place and exile 193
The connection interview with Edward Said 199
Edward Said : embattled but unbowed 220
Camp David 2000 224
Cultures aren't watertight 230
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