From Jane Austen to Salman Rushdie, from Yeats to the media coverage of the Gulf War, this is an account of the roots of imperialism in European culture. While many historians and commentators have analyzed the phenomenon of the imperial power wielded by Britain (and France) in the 19th century, this book analyzes its impact on the culture of the ...Read MoreFrom Jane Austen to Salman Rushdie, from Yeats to the media coverage of the Gulf War, this is an account of the roots of imperialism in European culture. While many historians and commentators have analyzed the phenomenon of the imperial power wielded by Britain (and France) in the 19th century, this book analyzes its impact on the culture of the period. The author focusses on the way this cultural legacy has embedded itself in the Western view of the East, and affects our relationship with the formerly colonized world at every level, both social and political. The author also wrote "Orientalism".Read Less
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Great analysis from Said. History, Sociology, Anthropology, Literature... Everything connected. From Fannon to C?saire. From Hobsbawm to Gramsci.
A study with feet on earth. Well written and reflexive. From the building of imperialism to the world today.
Great, great, great
Publishers Weekly, 1992-12-28 Said's ( Orientalism ) main theme in this dense, academic study is how literature has reflected and bolstered British, French and U.S. imperialisms, which use self-justifying rhetoric to condone the West's dominance and exploitation of non-Western people. Said, University Professor at Columbia University where he teaches English and comparative literature, teases what he regards as imperialist assumptions out of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Rudyard Kipling's Kim , Verdi's Aida and Andre Gide's The Immoralist. In his view, Joseph Conrad was both an anti-imperialist and a deeply reactionary precursor of Western blindness to Third World cultures and aspirations. He tweaks Albert Camus's ``colonial sensibility,'' interprets Melville's Moby-Dick as a parable of U.S. expansionism and reads W. B. Yeats as an Irish national poet voicing resistance to British rule. He also looks at writers such as Salman Rushdie and Chinua Achebe who have asserted the right of Third World citizens to self-determination. Finally, Said castigates the media for its role in justifying U.S. intervention abroad, whether in Panama or during the Gulf war. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1995-05-08 In 37 essays, Columbia professor and long-time Palestinian National Council advisor Said offers 37 essays on the political destiny of Palestine; Western stereotypes of Islam; U.S. Middle East policy; and Palestinian-Israeli relations. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1994-05-02 The author of Orientalism examines the interrelationship of Occidental literature and imperialism from the 17th century to the Gulf war. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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