Edward Said and the Literary, Social, and Political World by Ranjan Ghosh

By Ranjan Ghosh

Edward acknowledged is well known for his paintings as a critic and theorist of Orientalism and the Palestine concern, yet a ways much less realization has been dedicated to his significant physique of literary and cultural feedback. during this edited assortment, the members - many one of the most well known acknowledged students on the earth - research acknowledged because the literary critic; his dating to different significant modern thinkers (including Derrida, Ricoeur, Barthes and Bloom); and his involvement with significant pursuits and matters of his time (such as song, Feminism, New Humanism, and Marxism). that includes freshly carved out essays on new components of intervention, the amount is an crucial addition for these attracted to Edward stated and the numerous components during which his legacy looms.

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29. On Said and Marxism, see Michael Sprinker, ‘The National Question: Said, Ahmad, Jameson,’ Public Culture 6 (1993/1994); also Tim Brennan, ‘Places of Mind, Occupied Lands: Edward Said and Philology,’ in Edward Said: A Critical Reader, ed. Michael Sprinker (Oxford: Blackwell, 1992). 30. Peter Mallios, ‘Traveling with Conrad: An Interview with Edward Said,’ in Conrad in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Carola Kaplan, Peter Mallios, Andrea White (London: Routledge, 2005), 300. [Original date of interview: 28 February 2003] 31.

What, then, is the real attraction of canonical European literary texts for Said? As noted at the start, when Said, in interviews and texts after Orientalism, offered a defence of his attachment to high culture, that defence was often hesitant or ambivalent.

67, 63. 13. , 117. 14. See especially, Abdirahman Hussein, Edward Said: Criticism and Society (London: Verso, 2002). A more nuanced position on the consistency of Said’s work is taken by Tim Brennan who while allowing that there were changes of view and different emphases over time, considers that in Beginnings he ‘staked out all the motifs, including the political outlooks, of subsequent decades’. Personal correspondence. 15. At the same time he was working on Orientalism. 16. ‘Opponents, Audiences, Constituencies, and Community,’ (1982), in Reflections on Exile and Other Literary and Cultural Essays, 119.

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