Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient

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Penguin Books Limited (UK), 2003 - History - 396 pages
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For generations now, Edward W. Said's Orientalism has defined our understanding of colonialism and empire, and this Penguin Modern Classics edition contains a preface written by Said shortly before his death in 2003. In this highly-acclaimed work, Edward Said surveys the history and nature of Western attitudes towards the East, considering orientalism as a powerful European ideological creation - a way for writers, philosophers and colonial administrators to deal with the 'otherness' of eastern culture, customs and beliefs. He traces this view through the writings of Homer, Nerval and Flaubert, Disraeli and Kipling, whose imaginative depictions have greatly contributed to the West's romantic and exotic picture of the Orient. Drawing on his own experiences as an Arab Palestinian living in the West, Said examines how these ideas can be a reflection of European imperialism and racism. Edward W. Said (1935-2003) was a Palestinian-American cultural critic and author, born in Jerusalem and educated in Egypt and the United States. His other books include The Question of Palestine, Culture and Imperialism and Out of Place: A Memoir. If you enjoyed Orientalism, you might like Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Stimulating, elegant and pugnacious'Observer 'Beautifully patterned and passionately argued'New Statesman 'Very exciting ... his case is not merely persuasive, but conclusive' John Leonard, New York Times 'Magisterial'Terry Eagleton

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Said is a very eloquent writer. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Dirk - Goodreads

Despite all the criticism, the shortcomings (focus on one period), it still remains a cornerstone! Read it a second time (also his afterword and defense) and again found some points I've missed last time. Read full review

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User Review  - ماهر Battuti - Goodreads

A unique book in its subject, using the vast knowledge of the author of the colonial and post-colonial literature. He analyses the legacy of the Arabists and Orientalists from a certain point of view that made the book very controversial. Read full review

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EDWARD W. SAID is University Professor at Columbia University. He was born in Jerusalem in 1935 and educated in Egypt and the United States. His other books include THE QUESTION OF PALESTINE, CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM, OUT OF PLACE: A MEMOIR.

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