Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient

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Penguin Books Limited, Oct 25, 2016 - Literary Collections - 416 pages
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‘A stimulating, elegant yet pugnacious essay’—Observer In this highly acclaimed seminal work, Edward Said surveys the history and nature of Western attitudes towards the East, considering Orientalism as a powerful European ideological creation—a way for writers, philosophers and colonial administrators to deal with the ‘otherness’ of Eastern culture, customs and beliefs. He traces this view through the writings of Homer, Nerval and Flaubert, Disraeli and Kipling, whose imaginative depictions have greatly contributed to the West’s romantic and exotic picture of the Orient. In the Afterword, Said examines the effect of continuing Western imperialism.

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User Review  - judtheobscure - LibraryThing

Edward Said's Orientalism is a magisterial survey of western texts' depiction of the orient, particularly the Middle East and Islam, pointing out their essentialist bias. As academic writing goes this ... Read full review

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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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About the author (2016)

Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem and educated in the United States, where he attended Princeton and Harvard University. In 1963, he began teaching at Columbia University, where he was university professor of English and comparative literature. He is the author of twenty-two books which have been translated into thirty-five languages, including Culture and Imperialism (1993); Peace and Its Discontents: Essays on Palestine and the Middle East Peace Process; and Out of Place: A Memoir (1999). Besides his academic work, he was a regular contributor to newspapers in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and the music critic for The Nation. Professor Said lectured and was a visiting professor at universities in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He received several awards for his memoir, Out of Place, including the 1999 New Yorker Book Award for Non-Fiction.

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