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Culture and Imperialism A Landmark Work From The Intellectually Auspicious Author Of Orientalism That Explores The Long Overlooked Connections Between The Western Imperial Endeavor And The Culture That Both Reflected And Reinforced It Said Is A Brilliant Scholar, Aesthete And Political Activist Washington Post Book World

About the Author: Edward W. Said

Edward Wadie Said was a professor of literature at Columbia University, a public intellectual, and a founder of the academic field of postcolonial studies A Palestinian American born in Mandatory Palestine, he was a citizen of the United States by way of his father, a U.S Army veteran.Educated in the Western canon, at British and American schools, Said applied his education and bi cultural perspective to illuminating the gaps of cultural and political understanding between the Western world and the Eastern world, especially about the Israeli Palestinian conflict in the Middle East his principal influences were Antonio Gramsci, Frantz Fanon, Aim C saire, Michel Foucault, and Theodor Adorno.As a cultural critic, Said is known for the book Orientalism 1978 , a critique of the cultural representations that are the bases of Orientalism how the Western world perceives the Orient Said s model of textual analysis transformed the academic discourse of researchers in literary theory, literary criticism, and Middle Eastern studies how academics examine, describe, and define the cultures being studied As a foundational text, Orientalism was controversial among the scholars of Oriental Studies, philosophy, and literature.As a public intellectual, Said was a controversial member of the Palestinian National Council, because he publicly criticized Israel and the Arab countries, especially the political and cultural policies of Muslim r gimes who acted against the national interests of their peoples Said advocated the establishment of a Palestinian state to ensure equal political and human rights for the Palestinians in Israel, including the right of return to the homeland He defined his oppositional relation with the status quo as the remit of the public intellectual who has to sift, to judge, to criticize, to choose, so that choice and agency return to the individual man and woman.In 1999, with his friend Daniel Barenboim, Said co founded the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, based in Seville, which comprises young Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab musicians Besides being an academic, Said also was an accomplished pianist, and, with Barenboim, co authored the book Parallels and Paradoxes Explorations in Music and Society 2002 , a compilation of their conversations about music Edward Said died of leukemia on 25 September 2003.

10 thoughts on “Culture and Imperialism

  1. says:

    Edward Said makes one of the strongest cases ever for the aphorism, the pen is mightier than the sword This is a brilliant work of literary criticism that essentially becomes political science Culture and Imperialism demonstrates that Western imperialism s most effective tools for dominating other cultures have been literary in nature as much as political and economic He traces the themes of 19th and 20th century Western fict

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    I first heard about this collection of essays via Philosophy Tube s video, in which he praised it as being quite good when compared to another piece of work he read It is basically a book that focuses on how imperialism and colonialism affected and was presented in the writing of British authors, mainly in the 18th,19th, and 20th centuries all the while showing how such events shaped, mostly, British and French literature No one toda

  3. says:

    Edward Said s Culture and Imperialism employs a contrapuntal reading strategy by which he asserts the needs to examine texts from the perspectives of both colonized and colonizer To read a text contrapuntally is to read it with a simultaneous awareness both of the metropolitan history that is narrated and of those other histories against which and together with which the dominating discourse acts 51 Contrapuntal reading requires not only r

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    I didn t finish this to be honest I got halfway through and gave up He analyses Verdi s opera Aida as an example of his thesis on the Imperialising nature of western culture because of factors like the fact that Verdi didn t present a thoroughly accurate version of Egyptian society in the opera He included women among the dancers at one point when in fact it should have only been men Shakespeare refers to the coast of Bohemia in a Winter s Tale It d

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    In this followup to his classic Orientalism, Sa d looks closer at 20th C British and American imperialism In this series of essays, he consider s it the aesthetic object whose connection to the expanding societies of Britain and France is particularly interesting to study The prototypical modern realistic novel is Robinson Crusoe, and certainly not accidentally it is about a European who creates a fiefdom for himself on a distant, non European island If you

  6. says:

    Maybe even relevant to the discourse of our times than when it was written.

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    Texts are not finished objects.Foucault s discourse is systems of thoughts composed of ideas, attitudes, courses of action, beliefs and practices that systematically construct the subjects and the worlds of which they speak Foucault traces the role of discourses in wider social processes of legitimating and power, emphasizing the construction of current truths, how they are maintained and what power relations they carry with them He later theorized that discourse is a medi

  8. says:

    Edward Said s analysis of 19th and 20th century western written texts is outstanding In Culture and imperialism Said makes the distinction between the two terms Colonialism and Imperialism Before this book I used these terms interchangeably, even after reading the book I don t think I fully understand how they are different In any case, I now know that Colonialism is the practise while Imperialism is the idea that shapes that practice In other words Colonialism is Now we The colon

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    I remember being completely blown away by Said s Orientalism years ago, and this book, like that one, is less concerned with resolving every possible issue it brings up than with inaugurating and providing profound moral and aesthetic incentives for a massive intellectual mission Said s goal here is not simply to explain the numerous ways that ideas of empire and culture bleed into each other, but to explain the broad humanistic necessity of studying that phenomenon at all This book, tha

  10. says:

    Dense and sometimes irritatingly circular in logic, this book is still a fantastic piece of examining postcolonial literary theory Rooted in literature, this book looks at the history around the works though not in as extreme a detail as Orientalism and analyses it When it goes to far, it can tend to be annoying for example, while Aida is a brilliant example of imperialist orientalising a culture, and the history around it are interesting, it too specifically points to the cultural circumstances

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