Reading Orientalism: Said and the Unsaid

Reading Orientalism: Said and the Unsaid

by Daniel Martin Varisco

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295741635
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 02/13/2017
Series: Publications on the Near East
Edition description: second edition
Pages: 530
Sales rank: 1,166,761
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Daniel Martin Varisco is research professor at Qatar University and president of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies. He is the editor and translator of several Arabic texts, including Medieval Agriculture and Islamic Science: The Almanac of a Yemeni Sultan.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
To the Reader     xi
Introduction     3
Orienting Orientalism     29
"One That Cannot Now Be Rewritten"     31
Defin[ess]ing Orientalism     40
Verbalizing an Orient     63
The Growth (Benign, Cancerous, or Otherwise) of Orientalism     79
The Said and the Unsaid in Said's Magnum Opus Orientale     93
Dissing Orientalism: All That Said Has Done     95
Drawing the Fault Lines     141
Self-Critique More Than Mere Image     178
A Novel Argument out of Blurred Genres     201
The Seductive Charms of and Against Orientalism     235
Presenting and Representing Orientalism     237
The Essential[ism] Problem     251
What Is Said (but True?) About Said     267
Beyond the Binary     290
Notes     307
Bibliography     423
Index     489

What People are Saying About This

Walter G. Andrews

There is a lot of commentary available on Edward Said and Orientalism, but nothing like this. Varisco has compiled a comprehensive, critical overview of nearly everything that has been said on the topic. The notes and bibliography alone are a significant contribution to scholarship on Said and his work, but Varisco also uses his vast wealth of sources as the basis for a devastating critique of Said's methodology and conclusions—-a critique that fairly acknowledges the beneficial consequences of Orientalism and the issues it raises.

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