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The World, the Text, and the Critic

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This extraordinarily wide-ranging work represents a new departure for contemporary literary theory. Author of "Beginnings" and the controversial "Orientalism," Edward Said demonstrates that modern critical discourse has been impressively strengthened by the writings of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, for example, and by such influences as Marxism, structuralism, lingu ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 15th 1984 by Harvard University Press (first published 1983)
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A visitor from another world would surely be perplexed were he to overhear a so-called old critic calling the new critics dangerous. What, this visitor, would ask, are they dangers to? The state? The mind? Authority?
Bill
Apr 16, 2008 Bill rated it really liked it
Actually, if I were more familiar with all the material he was critiquing in this, I probably would've given it a 5. Said was a fargin' genius!
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Mar 26, 2009 M.B. rated it really liked it
Thought-provoking essays, some now more relevant than others (originally published in the 80s). Has put me on to Raymond Schwab and Louis Massignon. Has good analyses of pitfalls in both Foucauldian and Derridean criticism. Some good observations on Swift and Swift criticism. And some very insightful and prescient things to say about the dangers of academic hermeticism.
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reading this i was forced unexpectedly to confront my apparent attachment to secular humanism. as edward said delves into social responsibility and basis of communal concern that occupies the critic i found myself in somewhat tragic alliances. looking on wikipedia i see i get to be in regrettable company with such impactful cultural figures as seth macfarlane, oppenheimer, einstein, bucky fuller, gary numan, carl sagan, charles schulz, sartre, roger ebert and joss whedon. even huey p. is here. m ...more
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i could do without the last couple of essays - addenda to Orientalism - but his discussions of the strengths and weaknesses of different philosophers and literary critics are quite illuminating.
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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
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