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Cultura e imperialismo. Letteratura e consenso nel progetto coloniale dell'Occidente

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  2,998 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Un lavoro di indagine letteraria e storica sulle complicità della cultura con il progetto egemonico di vecchi e nuovi imperi, da "Cuore di tenebra" di Conrad a "Mansfield Park" della Austen, dall'"Aida" di Verdi a "Lo straniero" di Camus. Un'opera che intende spingere a rileggere i grandi capolavori della letteratura occidentale. Analizzando le opere di autori come Frantz ...more
Paperback, Orienti, 430 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Gamberetti (first published 1993)
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Edward Said makes one of the strongest cases ever for the aphorism, "the pen is mightier than the sword." This is a brilliant work of literary criticism that essentially becomes political science. Culture and Imperialism demonstrates that Western imperialism's most effective tools for dominating other cultures have been literary in nature as much as political and economic. He traces the themes of 19th- and 20th-century Western fiction and contemporary mass media as weapons of conquest and also b ...more
Edward Said’s Culture and Imperialism employs a “contrapuntal” reading strategy by which he asserts the needs to examine texts from the perspectives of both colonized and colonizer. To read a text contrapuntally is to read it “with a simultaneous awareness both of the metropolitan history that is narrated and of those other histories against which (and together with which) the dominating discourse acts” (51). Contrapuntal reading requires not only reading the text in terms of what it includes ...more
Ali Reda
Texts are not finished objects.
Foucault's discourse is systems of thoughts composed of ideas, attitudes, courses of action, beliefs and practices that systematically construct the subjects and the worlds of which they speak. Foucault traces the role of discourses in wider social processes of legitimating and power, emphasizing the construction of current truths, how they are maintained and what power relations they carry with them. He later theorized that discourse is a medium through which powe
Dense and sometimes irritatingly circular in logic, this book is still a fantastic piece of examining postcolonial literary theory. Rooted in literature, this book looks at the history around the works (though not in as extreme a detail as Orientalism and analyses it. When it goes to far, it can tend to be annoying (for example, while Aida is a brilliant example of imperialist orientalising a culture, and the history around it are interesting, it too specifically points to the cultural circumsta ...more
This book is not a mere sequential book of Orientalism,but rather a far-sighted thesis with a relatively sound conclusion.

here Edward said is more explicit about his main object,namely to go beyond the constrained narrative within the terrain of imperialism.he wanted to show us how cultural forms as the novel,historiography,philosophy,anthropology etc, which are product of the culture, contain imperial attitudes and references which are read uncritically.

his intention is not to condemn those aut
Arda Aghazarian
I listened to this book through audible, and realized that while readers "skim through" academic researches/books, listeners of audible have the option to "speed-narrate". Some parts of this book I hesitantly listened to through speed-narration. Other parts, however, I savored, replayed and wished I had the book to quote and reference from. Edward Said embellishes his words and prepositions. He makes countless citations of literary work from different parts of the world, and he analyzes the lite ...more
Darran Mclaughlin
I didn't finish this to be honest. I got halfway through and gave up. He analyses Verdi's opera Aida as an example of his thesis on the Imperialising nature of western culture because of factors like the fact that Verdi didn't present a thoroughly accurate version of Egyptian society in the opera. He included women among the dancers at one point when in fact it should have only been men. Shakespeare refers to the coast of Bohemia in a Winter's Tale. It doesn't matter that Bohemia is landlocked, ...more
Muhammad Ahmad
Like all of Edward Said's writings this book is endlessly repetitive, but if you can wade through the thickets of verbiage you'll find gems of extraordinary insight. The subject of the book is obvious from the title, but the book also offers a trenchant critique of nativist nationalism. Drawing on Fanon, Said argues that nationalism might serve as a mobilizing force during the war of liberation but unless it develops a social and political vision in its evolution toward liberation, it will ossif ...more
Aug 28, 2011 Lobstergirl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Petra Ecclestone
This was an unexpected pleasure, as I'd never read Said before and was fearful of drowning in jargon. He's largely un-jargony, with the exception of some mentions of "universalizing discourses" here and there. Pleasantly catholic in his tastes, he finds merit in authors as diverse as Kipling and Achebe. There was a little too much of Frantz Fanon for me, but tidbits I especially liked included a brief discussion of the fabulousness, erudition, and extinction of philology-trained scholars like Er ...more
Геллее Авбакар
Culture and Imperialism is an expansion for the first book called Orientalism, in several respect Edward Said, depict the Press publications of AL Intifada, and several things that relate to the middle eastern questions. Here Edward Said uses a lot of philosophical conceptions such as the one Gramci, and some of Literature figures like CONRAD and Jane Austen. In fact Edward Said, is a real professional when it comes to such concept of Orientalism.
Jun 09, 2007 Preeta rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in postcolonialism
This book certainly has its problems and I don't agree with all of Said's arguments as breathlessly as I did when I first read it, but considering he was one of the first people to say these things, I still think it's pretty amazing. This book was as important to the way I think about literature as _Midnight's Children_, and that's saying a lot.
Asiye öztürk
Definitely a must-read
meandering and totally, utterly fascinating. said does a brilliant job of revealing the ways that empire is overtly and covertly portrayed in the arts (primarily literature) from the late 1700s onward. joseph conrad, jane austen, yeats, verdi, and kipling are all given detailed attention. i got through most of it before i decided to reread it all. said's style is somewhat sprawling and he also includes a fair amount of higher level theoretical analysis. so, i needed to revisit it all to better d ...more
In this book, Said not only lays out his methodologies more explicitly, but also examines a wide variety of texts and their relationship to society and culture. One major premise in this book is that culture, in many ways, prepares, precedes, imposes, and finally proceeds imperial domination. Such culturally imposed forms of imperialism are exerted over wide expanses of discursive terrain that overlap, contradict, and suport each other. In other words, the relationship between imperialism and cu ...more
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لكن مع كامل احترامي لمحاولات أبو ديب لتعريب المصطلحات والكلمات، فهناك محاولات له بلغت من السخافة مبلغًا عظيما. في رأيي أن أي شخص مهما أوتي من مقدرة على التعريب - وموهبة - فبالتأكيد يحتاج أيضا لطرف آخر يحاول "تحجيم" المحاولات المتطرفة التي يقوم بها.

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Karlo Mikhail
In Culture and Imperialism, Edward Said argues that much of western culture have been historically implicated in the Western project of empire-building. Said concentrates on literary texts, particularly the novel, to expound on this connection. While some novels may not directly call for the subjugation of foreign peoples or distant territories, these texts nonetheless refers to these colonizing ventures as pre-given or ideal. Reactionary notions of inferior “Others” as well as the acquisition o ...more
In Culture and Imperialism, Edward Said argues that dominant cultures of imperialistic powers are connected through strong ideological ties to their nation. To Said, the artistic is power, and because of this often unforeseen connection, the repression of colonies has been subtly endorsed through poetry, prose and philosophy. Said mostly utilizes works from 19th century English literature to support his arguments. It is important to note that Said does not argue that authors such as Austin and C ...more
This book is the author’s masterpiece besides being one of the most important books of post-colonialism in 1990s. The author sheds light on the relationship between imperialism and colonialism with culture. He concentrates on the British and French 19th, early 20th century writings and American mid-20th as well. Furthermore, a chapter is included as an elaboration on what the author called resistance, opposition and liberation culture.This book is divided into four chapters with their subtitles. ...more
T. Edward
Why is the print so small?...

Well, I've bailed after just 50 pages. Life's too short for something that's giving me constant eye strain and isn't engaging or even terribly interesting. As for the information, of which there is lots, it's all on wiki in one form or another. Maybe I'll try the book on an e-reader someday, or have it directly implanted into my brain when the technology becomes available.
Aygul A.
It is more rewarding - and more difficult - to think concretely and sympathetically, about others than only about “us.” But this also means not trying to rule others, not trying to classify them or put them in hierarchies, above all, not constantly reiterating how “our” culture or country is number one (or not number one, for that matter).
Haythem Bastawy
Another great book by Said, every time I read something by him I feel like I have climbed one level up the intellectual ladder. Culture and Imperialism is an illuminating torch that shows us the way down the dim tunnels of Imperialistic undertones in the products of culture; media and literature.
Said's essay on Camus is honest and beautiful.
DavidKrisna Alka
Sep 27, 2007 DavidKrisna Alka added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: buy and read
Senjakala peradaban dunia
My first actual foray into Said, and he's a very interesting writer. I do feel like, in some ways, his "thesis" is fairly simple in suggesting the interdependence of culture and imperialism... but it's still fairly important. Particularly of use is his analysis of the reciprocity of the relationship between colonized and colonizer whereas earlier analysis continued imperialism by assuming that the colonized had nothing to offer the colonizer(s). Instead, culture itself is the breeding ground inf ...more
Darwish once said that; there is no good writer and bad writer, but there is who by his vivid writing incites you to write and who's not. And I believe Said is one of those who infect us with such well to write and change. Culture and imperialism is now and I believe will be for a long time one of me favorite books ever. Why?

In a considerably long book, Mr. said managed excitingly to introduce one of the most interesting subject that matter to all intellectuals of the "third world" or the post
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This is a great book for people who are well read in English, American and French literature. Basically, Said's idea is that culture, imperialism and literature are each creating and reinforcing each other. He analysizes works from each of the Imperial powers to demonstrate what it is that they say about about the reader's concept of themselves as English, American or French people, their country and their world (including other countries).

I found this book fascinating, particularly when Said a
With ever Said book I read, my admiration gets greater and greater. The central question of Culture and Imperialism-- one that Said is unable to answer, and one that nags anyone who loves literature but has a conscience-- is how can we reconcile a brilliant literary vision with the imperialist leanings and practice?

What I love about Said is that he provides no easy excuses for himself or for anyone else. While fiercely anti-imperialist, he refuses to apologize for local elites in post-colonial s
I hesitated between 4 and 5 (representing 4.5), but ultimately I think my reservations are strong enough to bring it down to just a four. Said's analyses are insightful, true, but there's a gaping hole in his arguments, namely ongoing settler colonialism in the United States, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. His references to ongoing Native presence in North America are few and far between, and overshadowed by things like his description of the US as built on the "ruins of considerable native pr ...more
Culture and Imperialism is a "Godfather II" worthy sequel. Arguably better than the original. Said sharpens his general argument first found in Orientalism and expands upon it. You can almost picture Said feverishly writing directly to his arch-nemesis, the stodgy, right-wing Bernard Lewis and going "how's that for Ivory Tower naval gazing?!" Speaking of, Said's flaws are very much alive in this book. He gets off topic a lot of and sometimes uses post-modern jargon (although he is ironically cri ...more
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(Arabic profile: إدوارد سعيد)

Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem and raised in Egypt until his parents sent him to the United States in 1951.

Said graduated from Princeton University in 1957 and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964.

He was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York and held his chair until his death at 67. His major interests w
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“No one today is purely one thing. Labels like Indian, or woman, or Muslim, or American are not more than starting-points, which if followed into actual experience for only a moment are quickly left behind. Imperialism consolidated the mixture of cultures and identities on a global scale. But its worst and most paradoxical gift was to allow people to believe that they were only, mainly, exclusively, white, or Black, or Western, or Oriental. Yet just as human beings make their own history, they also make their cultures and ethnic identities. No one can deny the persisting continuities of long traditions, sustained habitations, national languages, and cultural geographies, but there seems no reason except fear and prejudice to keep insisting on their separation and distinctiveness, as if that was all human life was about. Survival in fact is about the connections between things; in Eliot’s phrase, reality cannot be deprived of the “other echoes [that] inhabit the garden.” It is more rewarding - and more difficult - to think concretely and sympathetically, contrapuntally, about others than only about “us.” But this also means not trying to rule others, not trying to classify them or put them in hierarchies, above all, not constantly reiterating how “our” culture or country is number one (or not number one, for that matter).” 37 likes
“Just as none of us is outside or beyond geography, none of us is completely free from the struggle over geography. That struggle is complex and interesting because it is not only about soldiers and cannons but also about ideas, about forms, about images and imaginings.” 36 likes
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