More than three decades after its first publication, Edward Said's groundbreaking critique of the West's historical, cultural, and political perceptions of the East has become a modern classic.
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My idea in Orientalism is to use humanistic critique to open up the fields of
struggle, to introduce a longer sequence of thought and analysis to replace the
short bursts of polemical, thought-stopping fury that so imprison us in labels and ...
I try to do “humanism,” a word I continue to use stubbornly despite the scornful
dismissal of the term by sophisticated postmodern critics. By humanism I mean
first of all attempting to dissolve Blake's mind-forg'd manacles so as to be able to
of philological work that he had represented, and, alas, it's an even more
depressing fact that, since Auerbach's death in 1957, both the idea and practice
of humanistic research have shrunk in scope as well as in centrality. The book
We still have at our disposal the rational interpretive skills that are the legacy of
humanistic education, not as a sentimental piety enjoining us to return to
traditional values or the classics but as the active practice of worldly secular
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ORIENTALISMUser Review - Kirkus
One may quibble with the title: this is a study of Islamic Orientalism solely, of Western representations of the Near East, with little or no direct reference to Persia, India, China, Japan. Professor ... Read full review
Review: OrientalismUser Review - Leonard - Goodreads
Said's masterwork on the Western view of the East is not only a breathtaking work of scholarship, but a vital method of understanding the 'othering' that has allowed us to come to our current grim political pass. Read full review
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