Orientalism

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Vintage Books, 1979 - Social Science - 368 pages
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The noted critic and a Palestinian now teaching at Columbia University, examines the way in which the West observes the Arabs
  

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Said is a very eloquent writer. - Goodreads
Said is an excellent writer. - Goodreads
His prose is laid out far more plainly in other works. - Goodreads
basic starting point for post-colonial theory. - Goodreads
Everything you need is in the introduction. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Justin Dell - Goodreads

This is a profoundly mediocre book. I can certainly understand why it has achieved canonical status in higher education, as its salient points are consonant with Western self-flagellation and the post ... Read full review

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User Review  - Abby - Goodreads

This was a book often discussed in my lit theory class, but we only ever read selections from it. Now I know why: Book is DENSE! But appropriately so. Edward W. Said pioneered this approach to cross ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction I
1
Knowing the Oriental
31
Projects
73
Redrawn Frontiers Redefined Issues Secularized
113
Latent and Manifest Orientalism
201
Orientalisnfs Worldliness
226
Modern AngloFrench Orientalism in Fullest Flower
255
A fterword
329
Copyright

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Born in Jerusalem and educated at Victoria College in Cairo and at Princeton and Harvard universities, Edward Said has taught at Columbia University since 1963 and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Johns Hopkins University. He has had an unusual dual career as a professor of comparative literature, a recognized expert on the novelist and short story writer Joseph Conrad, (see Vol. 1) and as one of the most significant contemporary writers on the Middle East, especially the Palestinian question and the plight of Palestinians living in the occupied territories. Although he is not a trained historian, his Orientalism (1978) is one of the most stimulating critical evaluations of traditional Western writing on Middle Eastern history, societies, and literature. In the controversial Covering Islam (1981), he examined how the Western media have biased Western perspectives on the Middle East. A Palestinian by birth, Said has sought to show how Palestinian history differs from the rest of Arabic history because of the encounter with Jewish settlers and to present to Western readers a more broadly representative Palestinian position than they usually obtain from Western sources. Said is presently Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia, editor of Arab Studies Quarterly, and chair of the board of trustees of the Institute of Arab Studies. He is a member of the Palestinian National Council as well as the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

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