Edward Said

Edward Said

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By a wide measure of assent, Edward Said was one of the most important scholars examining society, politics and culture. A Palestinian-American, his life had been shaped by the cross-currents of race, globalization and nationalist violence. Said emerged as a leading figure in the dialogue between occidentalism and orientalism, making seminal contributions to our understanding of colonialism, postcolonialism and the responsibilities of criticism. He was one of the 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 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 ...

Introduction
PatrickWilliams

Bert Brecht,” wrote Walter Benjamin of his friend, “is a difficult phenomenon”: difficult to categorise, since in addition to his varied literary work, he was “educator, thinker, organiser, politician and theatrical producer”1; difficult, also, because he would not do what people expected of him (even of someone who was visibly so many different things); difficult, finally, because what he did do (including abstaining from political action) did not always please people. Something of the same kinds of difficulty attach to the figure of Edward Said–long time tenured professor in an elite US university and prominent spokesperson for a dispossessed and oppressed people; aesthete and radical politician in exile; pioneer populariser of literary theory and denouncer of theory; opponent of massive systems of oppression and ...

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