Edward Said and Critical Decolonization by Ferial Ghazoul

By Ferial Ghazoul

This ebook is devoted to Edward stated (1935–2003), an incredible literary and cultural critic, who has been instrumental in selling decolonization via his analytical and important writing. Scholarly articles take on a number of points of Said’s writing on fiction, feedback, politics, and tune, and the quantity contains an intensive bibliography of Edward Said.

Edward acknowledged and significant Decolonization strives to hide the multifaceted occupation of stated, with emphasis on his severe contribution to decolonization and resistance to hegemony. There are relocating tales via acquaintances and family members, scholars and associates, which throw gentle on his character. a piece of writing through stated himself at the suggestion of the collage is released right here for the 1st time. the quantity additionally contains articles exploring extensive Said’s political, severe, and aesthetic positions—including his perspectives on intellectuals and secular feedback, on touring idea, and humanism. And Said’s proposal is explored on the subject of different significant thinkers similar to Freud and Foucault.

Contributors: Fadwa Abdel Rahman, Richard Armstrong, Mostafa Bayoumi, Terry Eagleton, Rokus de Groot, Stathis Gourgouris, Hoda Guindi, Ananya Kabir, Lamis El Nakkash, Daisuke Nishihara, Rubén Chuaqui, Yasmine Ramadan, Andrew Rubin, Edward acknowledged, Najla acknowledged, Yumna Siddiqi, David candy, Michael wooden, and Youssef Yacoubi.

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Yet, do we observe a shift, a puzzling if not downright mystifying change in the later Said when he begins to identify so closely to the German philosopher Theodor Adorno? 19 49 This pronouncement, along with Said’s almost unqualified loyalty to Adorno in this last phase of his career, is perplexing in at least two ways: the independent critic claims he is a follower—and of Theodor Adorno, the Frankfurt School prophet of pessimism, no less. Why a follower? And why Adorno? *** Perhaps a brief detour through Adorno’s biography will be useful.

He found this indeed to betray the political purposes of theory–which, from his earliest avowed allegiances to Georg Lukács and Antonio Gramsci, had meaning only in a dialectical relation to praxis–and he assailed such tendencies in both Europeanist and postcolonial literary studies, over whose theoretical parameters he had, at one time, presided. Hence, the charge against him about a turn of face. The lectures on humanism were met, practically everywhere in American universities, with a sense of betrayal by those who had been counted among his allies in the humanities during the 1970s and 1980s, and a sense of triumphalism by various adversaries, who had once inaugurated themselves as the defenders of Anglo-American humanist principles against the foreign onslaught.

Swift is important for his own anti-authoritarianism (his “Tory Anarchy”) and his intellectual independence (see Said’s chapter entitled “Swift as Intellectual” in The World, the Text, and the Critic). In Yeats, Said uncovers all the needs and problems of nationalism and colonial liberation, and with Conrad, his lifelong literary companion, Said probes multiple ideas: the ambivalences of colonialism, the productive life of exile, and the fiction of autobiography. And there we have it, an abbreviated but (I think) largely accurate compilation of Said’s intellectual genealogy, one that is secular, humanist, Marxist, literary, and Third World.

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