Edward Said: Criticism and Society

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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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எட்வர்டு செய்யதுவின் வாழ்வை குறித்தும் அவரது எழுத்துக்கள் குறித்தும் இதை விட சிறந்த நூல் வரவில்லை என்றே தோன்றுகிறது.
எச்.முஜீப் ரஹ்மான்
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Contents

Introduction
1
Dialectical Subversion and Archaeogenealogy
4
Dismantling Ideological Walls
8
Debating with Knowledge Wrestling with History
10
Intellectuals Collusion and Opposition
12
Is an Affiliated Human Community Possible?
17
Reflexivity and Selfcreation in Said and Conrad
19
The Artistic Self in Conditions of Extremity
27
Foucault on Truth Knowledge History
131
Humanity as Autodidact
138
The Struggle for the World Culture Hegemony and Intellectuals
147
Should Worldliness Be an Issue?
160
The Genealogy of Modernity
165
Hegemony or Community?
172
Texts as Bearers of Authority
182
Refining Critics Radical Theory and the Liberal Consensus
193

The EitherOr Imperative
32
Normativity as Negativity
37
Conrad and the Imperialism of Ideas
43
SpaceTime as Sedimented Gestalts
48
Beginnings and Authority Ideology Critique and Community I
53
The Paradox of Modernity
70
Beginnings in the Absence of Origins
72
The Case Against Idealism and Empiricism
81
Towards an Experimental Rationality
90
Ideological Currency Versus Critical Knowledge
92
The Dynamics of Textuality
97
Beginnings and Authority Ideology Critique and Community II
105
Textual Production and the Dilemmas of Modernity
111
Much Ado About Nothing
122
The Space Between Philosophy Language and History
128
Critical Consciousness Methodology and History
210
Culture and Barbarism Eurocentric Thought and Imperialism
224
Orientalist Discourse as Hegemonic Intention
236
Identity Imperialism and the Canon
248
Structure of Attitudes and References
253
Activating the Historical Stage
259
An Atonal Conception of Community
261
Imperialism in the American Century
265
Zionism Orientalism and EuroAmerican Imperialism
269
Divine Selflegitimation
289
Normativity Critique and Philosophical Method
296
Notes
310
Index
331
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About the author (2004)

Abdirahman A. Hussein was born and educated in Somalia and currently teaches in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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