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w reissued with a substantial new afterword, this highly acclaimed overview of Western attitudes towards the East has become one of the canonical texts of cultural studies. Very exciting his case is not merely persuasive, but conclusive. “John Leonard in The New York Times His most important book, Orientalism established a new benchmark for discussion of the Wests skewed view of the Arab and Islamic world.”Simon Louvish in the New Statesman & Society Edward Said speaks for interdisciplinarity as well as for monumental erudition
The breadth of reading [is] astonishing. “Fred Inglis in The Times Higher Education Supplement A stimulating, elegant yet pugnacious essay. ” Observer Exciting for anyone interested in the history and power of ideas. “J.H. Plumb in The New York Times Book Review Beautifully patterned and passionately argued. “Nicholas Richardson in the New Statesman & Society.
About the Author
Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem and raised in Egypt until his parents sent him to the United States in 1951.
Said graduated from Princeton University in 1957 and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964.
He was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York and held his chair until his death at 67. His major interests were in many fields, including literature, musics and Palestinian issues. He was best-known by his tireless roles of supporting Palestines freedom and countering violence in Middle East.
His first and most important work Orientalism published in 1978 is a groundbreaking criticism of systematic conceptual invention of “East” and “West” by European imperialists and its influenced intellectuals and writers. It is influenced in such fields as literary criticism and cutural studies.
He was recognised as one of the founders of “Postcolonialism”.
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