Waiting for the Barbarians: A Tribute to Edward Said


Bringing together some of the figures most closely associated with Edward Said and his scholarship, Waiting for the Barbarians looks at Said the public intellectual and literary critic, and his political and intellectual legacy: the future through the lens of his work.

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Bringing together some of the figures most closely associated with Edward Said and his scholarship, Waiting for the Barbarians looks at Said the public intellectual and literary critic, and his political and intellectual legacy: the future through the lens of his work.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Edward Said’s anger against injustice must become ours, and his pen that challenged the sword must become our weapon in the battle for human values.”—Elias Khoury

“A frequently interesting collection of essays.”—College Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844672462
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 7/20/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Brennan is professor of comparative literature, cultural studies, and English at the University of Minnesota. His books include At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now and, most recently, Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of the Left and Right. He writes for a number of journals, including New Left Review and The Nation.

Saree Makdisi is a professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Mahmood Mamdani is Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, and a member of the Departments of Anthropology and Political Science and the School of Public and International Affairs at Columbia University. His previous books include Good Muslim, Bad Muslim, Citizen and Subject, and When Victims Become Killers. From Kampala, Uganda, he now divides his time between New York and Kampala.

Ilan Pappe is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. His many books include The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and, most recently, Gaza in Crisis (with Noam Chomsky). He writes for, among others, the Guardian and the London Review of Books.

Jacqueline Rose is Professor of English at Queen Mary University of London. Her books include Sexuality in the Field of Vision; The Question of Zion ; and the novel Albertine.

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Table of Contents

Preface Mariam Said Said, Mariam

Keynote Address Elias Khoury Khoury, Elias

Pt. I The Power of Literature

1 The Making of a Counter-Tradition Timothy Brennan Brennan, Timothy 3

2 The Political Edge of Fiction Jacqueline Rose Rose, Jacqueline 15

Pt. II Speaking Truth to Power

3 Orientalizing the Orientals: The Other Message of Edward Said Fawwaz Traboulsi Traboulsi, Fawwaz 33

4 Edward Said and Palestine: Balancing the Academic and the Political, the Public and the Private Rashid Khalidi Khalidi, Rashid 44

5 Edward Said and the Style of the Public Intellectual Saree Makdisi Makdisi, Saree 53

6 From Auerbach to Said in Istanbul: Saidian Publishing in Turkey Tuncay Birkan Birkan, Tuncay 66

Pt. III The Question of Palestine

7 The Saidian Fusion of Horizons Ilan Pappe Pappe, Ilan 83

8 Analyzing Palestine: Post-Mortem or Prognosis? Raja Shehadeh Shehadeh, Raja 93

9 The Role of Palestinian Intellectuals in the Collective Struggle for Palestinian Freedom Karma Nabulsi Nabulsi, Karma 108

10 Beginning with Edward Said Joseph A. Massad Massad, Joseph A. 121

Pt. IV Looking at Today Through Said's Lenses

11 Orientalism/Occidentalism: The Impasse of Modernity Meltem Ahiska Ahiska, Meltem 137

12 Said's Antinomies Harry Harootunian Harootunian, Harry 155

13 Said, Religion, and Secular Criticism Gauri Viswanathan Viswanathan, Gauri 164

14 On Blasphemy, Bigotry, and the Politics of Culture Talk Mahmood Mamdani Mamdani, Mahmood 176

Notes on Editors and Contributors 185

Index 194

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