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Culture and Imperialism - Edward W. Said

Culture and Imperialism


Published: 6th January 1994
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From Jane Austen to Salman Rushdie, and from Yeats to the news coverage of the Gulf War, this is broad account of the roots of imperialism in European culture, and an analysis of the impact of 19th-century British and French imperialism on the culture of the period. The author focuses on the way in which this cultural legacy has embedded itself in the Western view of the East, and affects our relationship with the once-colonized world at all levels, both social and political.

About the Author

Edward Said was born in Jerusalem in 1935. In 1951 he attended a private preparatory high school in Massachusetts, America and he went on to study at Princeton University for his BA and at Yale for his MA and PhD. He became University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia Unversity. Said was bestowed with numerous honorary doctorates from universities around the world and twice received Columbia's Trilling Award and the Wellek Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association. He is best known for describing and critiquing 'Orientalism' and his book on the subject was published in 1978. He died in 2003.

"Culture and Imperialism has an eloquent, urgent topicality rare in books by literary critics" - Camille Paglia

"Readers accustomed to the precision and elegance of Edward Said's analytical prowess will not be disappointed by Culture and Imperialism. Those discovering Said for the first time will be profoundly impressed" - Toni Morrison

"Edward Said helps us to understand who we are and what we must do if we are to aspire to be moral agents, not servants of power" - Noam Chomsky

"An urgently written and urgently needed synthesis of the work in the field, that more than any other critic Edward W. Said has himself defined." - New York Times Book Review

"If Orientalism was Said's Midnight's Children, then Culture & Imperialism is his Satanic Verses, an epic of migration and metamorphosis, a Boat People's Iliad." - The Nation

Introduction - xi

Chapter One: Overlapping Territories, Intertwined Histories
I. Empire, Geography and Culture - 1
II. Images of the Past, Pure and Impure - 15
III. Two Visions in Hearts of Darkness - 20
IV. Discrepant Experiences - 35
V. Connecting Empire to Secular Interpretation - 50

Chapter Two: Consolidated Vision
I. Narrative and Social Space - 73
II. Jane Austen and Empire - 95
III. The Cultural Integrity of Empire - 116
IV. The Empire at Work: Verdi's Aida - 133
V. The Pleasures of Imperialism - 159
VI. The Native Under Control - 196
VII. Camus and the French Imperial Experience - 204
VIII. A Note on Modernism - 225

Chapter Three: Resistance and Opposition
I. There Are Two Sides - 230
II. Themes of Resistance Culture - 252
III. Yeats and Decolonization - 265
IV. The Voyage In and the Emergence of Opposition - 288
V. Collaboration, Independence and Liberation - 316

Chapter Four: Freedom from Domination in the Future
I. American Ascendancy: The Public Space at War - 341
II. Challenging Orthodoxy and Authority - 367
III. Movements and Migrations - 395

Notes - 409
Index - 433

ISBN: 9780099967507
ISBN-10: 0099967502
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 6th January 1994
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1