Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient

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Penguin Books Limited, Nov 26, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 416 pages
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Now reissued with a substantial new afterword, this highly acclaimed overview of Western attitudes towards the East has become one of the canonical texts of cultural studies. 'Very exciting— his case is not merely persuasive, but conclusive.'— John Leonard in The New York Times 'His most important book, Orientalism established a new benchmark for discussion of the West's skewed view of the Arab and Islamic world.'— Simon Louvish in the New Statesman & Society 'Edward Said speaks for interdisciplinarity as well as for monumental erudition— The breadth of reading [is] astonishing.'— Fred Inglis in The Times Higher Education Supplement 'A stimulating, elegant yet pugnacious essay.'— Observer 'Exciting— for anyone interested in the history and power of ideas.'— J.H. Plumb in The New York Times Book Review 'Beautifully patterned and passionately argued.'— Nicholas Richardson in the New Statesman & Society

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

Said's critique of Orientalism as an academic discipline is too larded with pomo craziness, with too little analysis (one could say, none) of the actual consequences of regarding all of Asia, the Middle East, and Egypt as one homogenous conglomerate of racist stereotypes. Read full review

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User Review  - gregorybrown - LibraryThing

Reading Orientalism was sorta inevitable, as it cast such a long shadow over the social sciences in the 35 years since its writing. The subject sounds kinda baroque and obscure: how the West defined ... Read full review

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