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The Cambridge Introduction to Edward Said


  • Page extent: 170 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.4 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 801/.95092
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PN75.S25 M33 2010
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Said, Edward W

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521864534)

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One of the most famous literary critics of the twentieth century, Edward Said's work has been hugely influential far beyond academia. As a prominent advocate for the Palestinian cause and a noted music critic, Said redefined the role of the public intellectual. In his books, as scholarly as they are readable, he challenged conventional critical demarcations between disciplines. His major opus, Orientalism, is a key text in postcolonial studies that continues to influence as well as challenge scholars in the field. Conor McCarthy introduces the reader to Said's major works and examines how his work and life were intertwined. He explains recurring themes in Said's writings on literature and empire, on intellectuals and literary theory, on music and on the Israel/Palestine conflict. This concise, informative and clearly written introduction for students beginning to study Said is ideally set up to explain the complexities of his work to new audiences.


1. Introduction: beginning with Edward Said: history, biography, criticism; 2. Influences: phenomenology, philology, Marxism, poststructuralism; 3. Works: Beginnings: Intention and Method (1975); Orientalism (1978); The Question of Palestine (1979); The World, the Text, and the Critic (1983); Culture and Imperialism (1993); 4. Reception; Guide to further reading; Index.


"Conor McCarthy presents a lucid and highly readable overview of the oeuvre of one of the major intellectuals of our time."
--College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies

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