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Edward Said : Criticism and Society - Abdirahman A. Hussein

Edward Said

Criticism and Society

Paperback Published: 17th September 2004
ISBN: 9781859843901
Number Of Pages: 339

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Few public intellectuals have had such a big impact outside the academy as Edward Said.This, the first full-length intellectual biography of the groundbreaking author of Orientalism, reveals some startling observations. Abdirahman Hussein argues that underneath Said’s carefully constructed eclecticism there is a global method in his work. Taking Beginnings as the key text Hussein asserts that the discontinuity of the Palestinian experience informs Said's entire oeuvre but simultaneously transcends it in a permanent search for a new synthesis. Hussein argues that this informs Said’s approach not only to Conrad, Swift, and Eliot, but also to LukĀ cs, Williams, Gramsci and Adorno.

"This should be compulsory reading for all those who value Edward Said's contribution to 20th century intellectual life." -- New Statesman "Edward Said, a Palestinian exile and long time resident of New York, has been one of the most influential literary and cultural critics in the Anglophone world. Abdirahman Hussein's ambitious and important book has set the standard by which studies of this essential figure will be measured for a long time to come." -- Irish Times "This text offers a coherent image of a problematically multidimensional thinker. As an example of an encyclopaedic volume of coherent interpretation of one of the most important bodies of work produced in the areas of cultural and literary studies, perhaps ever, this text is excellent." -- Multicultural Review "Without the elucidating contributions of Abdirahman A. Hussein's Edward said: Criticism and Society, an elaboration of Said's method would have been so much more of an intellectual and even athletic challenge to locate a set of interpretive strategies and procedures that defines said as a secular, critical dialectician of philology, whose technique, one might add, is also one of trouble." -- South Atlantic Quarterly

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
A Technique of Trouble: Dialectical Subversion and Archaeo-genealogyp. 4
Dismantling Ideological Wallsp. 8
Debating with Knowledge, Wrestling with Historyp. 10
The Myth of "Postcolonial" Theory: Intellectuals, Collusion, and Oppositionp. 12
Is an Affiliated Human Community Possible?p. 17
Reflexivity and Self-creation in Said and Conradp. 19
The Artistic Self in Conditions of Extremityp. 27
Dialectical Agonism in Conrad and Said: The "Either/Or" Imperativep. 32
Normativity as Negativityp. 37
Conrad and the Imperialism of Ideasp. 43
The Ego Historicized: Space-Time as Sedimented Gestaltsp. 48
Beginnings and Authority: Ideology, Critique, and Community (I)p. 53
A Theoretical Interventionp. 53
The Paradox of Modernityp. 70
The Destruction of Foundations: Beginnings in the Absence of Originsp. 72
Rationality and Its Discontents: The Case Against Idealism and Empiricismp. 81
Reason as Intentionality: Towards an Experimental Rationalityp. 90
Ideological Currency Versus Critical Knowledgep. 92
Language as Event: The Dynamics of Textualityp. 97
Beginnings and Authority: Ideology, Critique, and Community (II)p. 105
Narrativity and the Natural Order: The Fate of the Classical Novelp. 105
The High Drama of Modernism: Textual Production and the Dilemmas of Modernityp. 111
The Grand Gesture of Structuralism: Much Ado About Nothingp. 122
Vico and Foucault: The "Space" Between Philosophy, Language, and Historyp. 128
The Power of Discourse: Foucault on Truth, Knowledge, Historyp. 131
Vico's Poetic History: Humanity as Autodidactp. 138
The Struggle for the World: Culture, Hegemony, and Intellectualsp. 148
Should Worldiness Be an Issue?p. 160
Mapping Affiliations: The Genealogy of Modernityp. 165
Demystifying Culture: Hegemony or Community?p. 172
The Worldliness of Language: Texts as Bearers of Authorityp. 182
Collusion and Amnesia: Refining Critics, "Radical" Theory, and the Liberal Consensusp. 193
Critical Consciousness, Methodology, and Historyp. 210
Culture and Barbarism: Eurocentric Thought and Imperialismp. 224
Critical Misreception: The Case of Orientalismp. 224
Orientalist Discourse as Hegemonic Intentionp. 236
The Birth of Hierarchism: Identity, Imperialism, and the Canonp. 248
Structure of Attitudes and Referencesp. 253
The Geography of Imperialism: Activating the Historical Stagep. 259
Contrapuntality Versus Hierarchy: An Atonal Conception of Communityp. 261
Ahabian Megalomania: Imperialism in the American Centuryp. 265
Zionism, Orientalism, and Euro-American Imperialismp. 269
Zionism and God: Divine Self-legitimationp. 289
Conclusion: Normativity, Critique, and Philosophical Methodp. 296
Notesp. 310
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9781859843901
ISBN-10: 1859843905
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 339
Published: 17th September 2004
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1