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.
About the Author
Patrick Williams is Reader in the Department of English and Communications, at Nottingham Trent University
Table of Contents
PART ONE: INTELLECTUALS AND CRITICS: POSITIONS AND POLEMICSInterview with Edward W Said - Edward W Said and DiacriticsPolitics, the Profession, and the Critic - Catherine GallagherIntellectuals at War - Paul A Bov[ac]e Michel Foucault and the Analytics of PowerThe Critic as Dis/Placed Intelligence - Mustapha Ben T Marrouchi The Case of Edward SaidOrientalism and After - Aijaz Ahmad Ambivalence and Metropolitan Location in the Work of Edward SaidThe National Question - Michael Sprinker Said, Ahmad, JamesonNews from Nowhere - Marjorie Levinson The Discontents of Aijaz AhmadAn Interview with Edward W Said - Edward W Said, Joseph A Buttigieg and Paul A Bov[ac]eThe East is a Career - Bruce Robbins Edward SaidThe Palestinian Intellectual and the Liberation of the Academy - Barbara HarlowWorldliness-Without-World, Homelessness-as-Home - Abdul R Jan Mohamed Toward a Definition of the Specular Border IntellectualThe Intifada of the Intellectuals - Mark Walhout An Ecumenical Perspective on the Walzer-Said ExchangeEdward W Said and the American Public Sphere - Rashid I Khalidi Speaking Truth to PowerConversation with Edward Said - Edward Said and Bill AshcroftEdward Said, Late Style and the Aesthetic of Exile - Tim Lawrence'What Truth? For Whom and Where?' - Martin HollisNothing in the Post? - Patrick Williams Said and the Problem of Post-Colonial IntellectualsPART TWO: VERSIONS OF ORIENTALISMOrientalism and the Study of Japan - Richard H MinearOrientalism and its Problems - Dennis PorterThe Challenge of Orientalism - Lata Mani and Ruth FrankenbergOn Orientalism - James CliffordThe Prisonhouse of Orientalism - Zakia Pathak, Saswati Sengupta and Sharmila PurkayasthaAfter Orientalism - Rosalind O'Hanlon and David Washbrook Culture, Criticism and Politics in the Third WorldTechno-Orientalism - David Morley and Kevin Robins Futures, Foreigners and PhobiasUnder the Sign of Orientalism - Mahmut Mutman The West vs. IslamBarthes and Orientalism - Diana KnightThe Sultan and the Slave - Joyce Zonana Feminist Orientalism and the Structures of Jane EyreLooking the Same? A Preliminary (Postcolonial) Discussion of Orientalism and Occidentalism in Australia and Japan - Leigh Dale and Helen GilbertActing Out Orientalism - Emily Apter Sapphic Theatricality in Turn-of-the-Century ParisVacation Cruises; or, the Homoerotics of Orientalism - Joseph A BooneOrientalism Now - Gyan PrakashChinese History and the Question of Orientalism - Arif DirlikFeminism, Imperialism and Orientalism - Joanna Liddle and Shirin Rai The Challenge of the 'Indian Woman'Orientalism - Neil Macmaster and Toni Lewis From Unveiling to HyperveilingThe Illusion of a Future - Timothy Brennan Orientalism as Travelling TheoryPART THREE: CULTURAL FORMS, DISCIPLINARY BOUNDARIESOverlapping Territories and Intertwined Histories - Benita Parry Edward Said's Postcolonial CosmopolitanismPresence and Representation - Johannes Fabian The Other and Anthropological WritingOrientalism and the Ethnographer - Catherine Gimelli Martin Said, Herodotus and the Discourse of AlterityThe Mightier Pen - Ernest Gellner The Double Standards of Inside-Out ColonialismThe Ethics of Mansfield Park - Allen Dunn Mac Intyre, Said and Social ContextJane Austen and Edward Said - Susan Fraiman Gender, Culture and ImperialismEdward Said's Culture and Imperialism - Bruce Robbins et al A SymposiumNationalism and Exoticism - Lisa Lowe Nineteenth-Century Others in Flaubert's Salammbo and L'Education SentimentaleRepresenting Empire - Michael Hays Class, Culture and the Popular Theatre in the Nineteenth CenturyNarrating Imperialism - Benita Parry Nostromo's DystopiaEast is East and South is South - Elleke Boehmer Postcolonialism as Neo-Orientalism, the Cases of Sarojini Naidu and Arundhati RoyEdward Said and the Historians - John M Mac KenzieOrientalism and World History - Edmund Burke III Representing Middle Eastern Nationalism and Islamism in the Twentieth CenturyDisplacing Limits of Difference - Christine Anne Holmlund Gender, Race and Colonialism in Edward Said and Homi Bhabha's Theoretical Models and Marguerite Duras's Experimental FilmsThe Family Romance of Orientalism - Marina Heung From Madame Butterfly to IndochineLanguage and War - Bob Hodge Orientalism in the 'Mother of All Battles'The Matter of Language - Terry CochranSaid as Music Critic - Henry Louis Gates JrThe Sublime Lyrical Abstractions of Edward W Said - Jim MerodOrientalism and Musical Style - Derek B ScottIn Responses Begins Responsibility - Lindsay Waters Music and EmotionBeyond Occidentalism - Fernando Coronil Toward Nonimperial Geohistorical CategoriesMulticulturalism, Geography, Postcolonial Theory - John K NoyesPART FOUR: THEORY AND POLITICSCriticism as Cultural Politics - Hayden WhiteScriptive Fate/Scriptive Hope - Joseph N RiddelDifference, Discrimination and the Discourse of Colonialism - Homi K BhabhaCriticism Worldly and Otherworldly - Daniel O'Hara Edward W Said and the Cult of TheoryTheorizing Opposition - Robert Con Davis Aristotle, Greimas, Jameson and SaidThe Genealogy of Justice and the Justice of Genealogy - Harold Weiss Chomsky and Said vs. Foucault and Bov[ac]ePlay and Cultural Differences - Paul B ArmstrongHope and Reconciliation - Paul Bov[ac]e A Review of Edward W SaidTranslating Theories - Michael Dutton and Peter Williams Edward Said on Orientalism, Imperialism and AlterityThird Worldist Relativism - Ray Kiely A New Form of ImperialismEdward W Said - Asha VaradharajanThe Politics of Nonidentity - Fred Dallmayr Adorno, Postmodernism - and Edward SaidCulture and Colonization - William V Spanos The Imperial Imperatives of the Centered CirclePostcolonial Theory in the Literature Classroom - Michael Garbutcheon Singh and James Greenlaw Contrapuntal ReadingsAuerbach in Istanbul - Amir R Mufti Edward Said, Secular Criticism and the Question of Minority CultureHumanism in Question - Anthony C Alessandrini Fanon and SaidPalestine - Edward W Said and David Barsamian Betrayal of HistoryDisinformation and the Palestine Question - Norman G Finkelstein The Not-So-Strange Case of Joan Peters's From Time ImmemorialBroadcasts - Christopher HitchensWhite Skin, Black Masks - Bryan Cheyette Jews and Jewishness in the Writings of George Eliot and Franz FanonAntinomies of Exile - Ella Shohat Said at the Frontiers of National NarrationsA Question of Survival - Homi K Bhabha Nations and Psychic States