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An edition of Orientalism (1978)

Orientalism

25th anniversary ed. / with a new preface by the author.
  • 4.17 ·
  • 6 Ratings
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  • 4 Currently reading
  • 5 Have read
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Vintage Books
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Pages
394

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Orientalism is a 1978 book by Edward W. Said, in which the author discusses Orientalism, defined as the West's patronizing representations of "The East"—the societies and peoples who inhabit the places of Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. According to Said, orientalism (the Western scholarship about the Eastern World) is inextricably tied to the imperialist societies who produced it, which makes much Orientalist work inherently political and servile to power.

According to Said, in the Middle East, the social, economic, and cultural practices of the ruling Arab elites indicate they are imperial satraps who have internalized the romanticized "Arab Culture" created by French, British and, later, American Orientalists; the examples include critical analyses of the colonial literature of Joseph Conrad, which conflates a people, a time, and a place into a narrative of incident and adventure in an exotic land.

The critical application of post-structuralism in the scholarship of Orientalism influenced the development of literary theory, cultural criticism, and the field of Middle Eastern studies, especially regarding how academics practice their intellectual inquiry when examining, describing, and explaining the Middle East. The scope of Said's scholarship established Orientalism as a foundation text in the field of post-colonial culture studies, which examines the denotations and connotations of Orientalism, and the history of a country's post-colonial period.

As a public intellectual, Edward Said debated Orientalism with historians and scholars of area studies, notably, the historian Bernard Lewis, who described the thesis of Orientalism as "anti-Western". For subsequent editions of Orientalism, Said wrote an "Afterword" (1995) and a "Preface" (2003)addressing criticisms of the content, substance, and style of the work as cultural criticism. (Wikipedia)

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Cover of: Orientalism
Orientalism
2003, Vintage Books
in English - 25th anniversary ed. / with a new preface by the author.
Cover of: Orientalism (Penguin Modern Classics)
Orientalism (Penguin Modern Classics)
August 28, 2003, Penguin Books Ltd
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Orientalism
1994, Vintage Books
in English
Cover of: Orientalism
Orientalism
1978, Pantheon Books
in English - 1st ed.

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New York

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Classifications

Library of Congress
DS12 S24 1979, DS12 .S24 1979, DS5

The Physical Object

Pagination
xxx, 394 p. ;
Number of pages
394

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL22568928M
ISBN 10
039474067X
LCCN
79010497
Library Thing
257
Wikidata
Q1574967, Q62666944
Goodreads
355190

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"On June 13, 1910, Arthur James Balfour lectured the House of Commons on ""the problems with which we have to deal in Egypt."""
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