Edward Said : A Critical Introduction, Hardback Book

Edward Said : A Critical Introduction Hardback

Part of the Key Contemporary Thinkers series


Edward Said is one of the foremost thinkers writing today.

His work as a literary and cultural critic, a political commentator, and the champion of the cause of Palestinian rights has given him a unique position in western intellectual life.

This new book is a major exploration and assessment of his writings in all these main areas.

Focusing on Saida s insistence on the connection between literature, politics and culture, Kennedy offers an overview and assessment of the main strands of Saida s work, drawing out the links and contradictions between each area.

The book begins with an examination of Orientalism, one of the founding texts of post--colonial studies.

Kennedy looks at the book in detail, probing both its strengths and weaknesses, and linking it to its sequel, Culture and Imperialism.

She then examines Saida s work on the Palestinian people, with his emphasis on the need for a Palestinian narrative to counter pro--Israeli accounts of the Middle East, and his searing criticisms of US, Israeli, and even Arab governments. The book closes with an examination of Saida s importance in the field of post--colonial studies, notably colonial discourse analysis and post--colonial theory, and his significance as a public intellectual.

This book will be of great interest to anyone studying post--colonialism, literary theory, politics, and the Middle East, as well as anyone interested in Saida s writings.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press
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  • Category: Literary theory
  • ISBN: 9780745620183

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