Reflections on Exile - Edward SaidBy Edward W. What is the role of the scholar, especially the literary critic, inside and outside modern academe? What does it mean to experience exile, or displacement, or to be "between worlds"? How may the Western world adequately represent that of Islam, and vice versa? How may one resist the fashionable postmodernist notion, annexed by neoconservatives, that history is over, and how may one instead interpret and contest the continuing narratives, marked in new ways, of long-standing ideologies such as nationalism and imperialism?
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Army veteran. As a cultural critic , Said is known for the book Orientalism , a critique of the cultural representations that are the bases of Orientalism —how the Western world perceives the Orient. He defined his oppositional relation with the status quo as the remit of the public intellectual who has "to sift, to judge, to criticize, to choose, so that choice and agency return to the individual" man and woman. Besides being an academic, Said was also an accomplished pianist , and, with Barenboim, co-authored the book Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society , a compilation of their conversations about music. Said died of leukemia on 24 September Pershing, in the First World War — In , in partnership with a cousin, Wadie Said established a stationery business in Cairo.
University of Michigan. Reflections on Exile and Other Essays. By Edward W. Said. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, xxxv + pp. $
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Edward Said introduces his collected essays, Reflections on Exile, with a poignant hymn to New York, the restless and turbulent "capital of our time", where he has taught since Long before September 11, he sensed a tension between this absorbant city of immigrants and exiles and its "almost overpowering status as a centre of global capital" for the world's remaining superpower. Several of these 46 essays, written over 35 years, can be read as an indirect but impassioned argument against a looming new cold war that insists on a spurious "clash of civilisations", and whose McCarthyite target at home would be US citizens of "suspect" ethnicity. These essays, together with The Edward Said Reader, are a timely consolidation of the work of arguably the most influential intellectual of our time. As a Palestinian-American, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, and the most persuasive voice in the west for Palestinian self-determination, Said has had his career punctuated by ferocious controversy.