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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, linguisti ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published June 1st 2006 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?
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!
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.
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 w
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