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Author Hussein, Abdirahman A
Title Edward Said : criticism and society / Abdirahman A. Hussein
Imprint London ; New York : Verso, 2002
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  306.092 Sa212hu 2002    AVAILABLE    30500101095852
 RCHSS Library  E184.P33 S254 2002    AVAILABLE    30560400125073
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  E184.P33 H972 2002    AVAILABLE    30530000754036
 Mo  B 306.092 H972    AVAILABLE    30550100330743
Descript ix, 339 pages ; 25 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 310-330) and index
1. Reflexivity and Self-creation in Said and Conrad. The Artistic Self in Conditions of Extremity. Dialectical Agonism in Conrad and Said: The "Either/Or" Imperative. Normativity as Negativity. Conrad and the Imperialism of Ideas. The Ego Historicized: Space-Time as Sedimented Gestalts -- 2. Beginnings and Authority: Ideology, Critique, and Community (I). A Theoretical Intervention. The Paradox of Modernity. The Destruction of Foundations: Beginnings in the Absence of Origins. Rationality and Its Discontents: The Case Against Idealism and Empiricism. Reason as Intentionality: Towards an Experimental Rationality. Ideological Currency Versus Critical Knowledge. Language as Event: The Dynamics of Textuality -- 3. Beginnings and Authority: Ideology, Critique, and Community (II). Narrativity and the Natural Order: The Fate of the Classical Novel. The High Drama of Modernism: Textual Production and the Dilemmas of Modernity. The Grand Gesture of Structuralism: Much Ado About Nothing. Vico and Foucault: The "Space" Between Philosophy, Language, and History. The Power of Discourse: Foucault on Truth, Knowledge, History. Vico's Poetic History: Humanity as Autodidact -- 4. The Struggle for the World: Culture, Hegemony, and Intellectuals. Should Worldiness Be an Issue? Mapping Affiliations: The Genealogy of Modernity. Demystifying Culture: Hegemony or Community? The Worldiness of Language: Texts as Bearers of Authority. Collusion and Amnesia: Refining Critics, "Radical" Theory, and the Liberal Consensus. Critical Consciousness, Methodology, and History -- 5. Culture and Barbarism: Eurocentric Thought and Imperialism. Critical Misreception: The Case of Orientalism. Orientalist Discourse as Hegemonic Intention. The Birth of Hierarchism: Identity, Imperialism, and the Canon. Structure of Attitudes and References. The Geography of Imperialism: Activating the Historical Stage. Contrapuntality Versus Hierarchy: An Atonal Conception of Community. Ahabian Megalomania: Imperialism in the American Century. Zionism, Orientalism, and Euro-American Imperialism. Zionism and God: Divine Self-legitimation. Conclusion: Normativity, Critique, and Philosophical Method
"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 Lukacs, Williams, Gramsci and Adorno."--Jacket
Subject Said, Edward W
Palestinian Americans -- Biography
Intellectuals -- United States -- Biography
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