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Edward Said : Criticism and Society

By: Hussein, Abdirahman A.

Language: English


The only intellectual biography of the groundbreaking author of «Orientalism», published on the first anniversary of Said’s death

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 Lukács, Williams, Gramsci and Adorno.

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By:Hussein, Abdirahman A.
Pages: 342 pp
Publisher:Verso, New York 2004
Dimensions:17 x 24 CM
Topic:Biography - Critic - Palestinian Writer and Thinker

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Edward Said, a Palestinian exile and long time resident of New York, has been one of the most influential literary and cultural critics in the Anglophone world. Abdirahman Hussein’s ambitious and important book has set the standard by which studies of this essential figure will be measured for a long time to come.
Irish Times

This book should be compulsory reading for all those who value Edward Said’s contribution to 20th century intellectual life.
New Statesman

This text offers a coherent image of a problematically multidimensional thinker. As an example of an encyclopedic volume of coherent interpretation of one of the most important bodies of work produced in the areas of cultural and literary studies, perhaps ever, this text is excellent.
Multicultural Review

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