Edward Said and the Work of the Critic

Speaking Truth to Power

Edward Said and the Work of the Critic

a boundary 2 book

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Book Pages: 328 Illustrations: Published: June 2000

Cultural Studies, Literature and Literary Studies > Literary Theory, Theory and Philosophy > Postcolonial Theory

For at least two decades the career of Edward Said has defined what it means to be a public intellectual today. Although attacked as a terrorist and derided as a fraud for his work on behalf of his fellow Palestinians, Said’s importance extends far beyond his political activism. In this volume a distinguished group of scholars assesses nearly every aspect of Said’s work—his contributions to postcolonial theory, his work on racism and ethnicity, his aesthetics and his resistance to the aestheticization of politics, his concepts of figuration, his assessment of the role of the exile in a metropolitan culture, and his work on music and the visual arts.
In two separate interviews, Said himself comments on a variety of topics, among them the response of the American Jewish community to his political efforts in the Middle East. Yet even as the Palestinian struggle finds a central place in his work, it is essential—as the contributors demonstrate—to see that this struggle rests on and gives power to his general "critique of colonizers" and is not simply the outgrowth of a local nationalism. Perhaps more than any other person in the United States, Said has changed how the U.S. media and American intellectuals must think about and represent Palestinians, Islam, and the Middle East. Most importantly, this change arises not as a result of political action but out of a potent humanism—a breadth of knowledge and insight that has nourished many fields of inquiry. Originally a special issue of boundary 2, the book includes new articles on minority culture and on orientalism in music, as well as an interview with Said by Jacqueline Rose.
Supporting the claim that the last third of the twentieth century can be called the "Age of Said," this collection will enlighten and engage students in virtually any field of humanistic study.

Contributors. Jonathan Arac, Paul A. Bové, Terry Cochran, Barbara Harlow, Kojin Karatani, Rashid I. Khalidi, Sabu Kohsu, Ralph Locke, Mustapha Marrouchi, Jim Merod, W. J. T. Mitchell, Aamir R. Mufti, Jacqueline Rose, Edward W. Said, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Lindsay Waters



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Paul A. Bové is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Introduction / Paul A. Bove 1

Edward Said talks to Jacqueline Rose / Jacqueline Rose 9

The panic of the visual: a conversation with Edward Said / W. J. T. Mitchell 31

Race before racism: the disappearance of the American / Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak 51

Criticism between opposition and counterpoint / Jonathan Arac 66

The matter of language / Terry Cochran 78

In responses begins responsibility: music and emotion / Lindsay Waters 97

The sublime lyrical abstractions of Edward W. Said / Jim Merod 114

Uses of aesthetics: after orientalism / Kojin Karatani 139

Edward W. Said and the American public sphere: speaking truth to power / Rashid I. Khalidi 152

Sappers in the stacks: colonial archives, land mines, and truth commissions / Barbara Harlow 165

Counternarratives, recoveries, refusals / Mustapha Marrouchi 187

Auerbach in Istanbul: Edward Said, secular criticism, and the question of minority culture / Aamir R. Mufti 229

Exoticism and orientalism in music: problems for the worldly critic / Ralph P. Locke 257

Notes 283

Index 313
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-2522-2 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-2487-4
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