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    DescriptionFollowing his profoundly influential study, "Orientalism", Edward Said now examines western culture. From Jane Austen to Salman Rushdie, from Yeats to media coverage of the Gulf War, "Culture and Imperialism" is a broad, fierce and wonderfully readable account of the roots of imperialism in European culture.


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    Title
    Culture and Imperialism
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Edward W. Said
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099967507
    ISBN 10: 0099967502
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFC, HBJD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.2
    BIC subject category V2: JHM, HBTQ
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: ENGM4900
    DC22: 300
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27410
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000
    DC20: 306.2
    Libri: IMPE3000, KULT2500, RAND6000, POLI2048
    Thema V1.0: JHB
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    03 January 1998
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Edward Said was born in Jerusalem in 1935. In 1951 he attended a private preparatory high school in Massachusetts, America and he went on to study at Princeton University for his BA and at Yale for his MA and PhD. He became University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia Unversity. Said was bestowed with numerous honorary doctorates from universities around the world and twice received Columbia's Trilling Award and the Wellek Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association. He is best known for describing and critiquing 'Orientalism' and his book on the subject was published in 1978. He died in 2003.
    Review quote
    "Culture and Imperialism has an eloquent, urgent topicality rare in books by literary critics" -- Camille Paglia "Readers accustomed to the precision and elegance of Edward Said's analytical prowess will not be disappointed by Culture and Imperialism. Those discovering Said for the first time will be profoundly impressed" -- Toni Morrison "Edward Said helps us to understand who we are and what we must do if we are to aspire to be moral agents, not servants of power" -- Noam Chomsky
    Review text
    Said's latest book largely reiterates his familiar argument for cultural recognition of the "Other" (more cogently marshalled in his Orientalism, 1978), particularly the colonized "Other" that has been molded in popular perception by the crucial (to Said) element of Western imperialism. Perusing Verdi's Aida, Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Kipling's Kim, even Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Said insists that the fact that one culture has dominated another is the subtext for any 19th-century exploration of the exotic - or even, in Austen's case, for "the ordination" of the colonizer's rights and local freedoms. Said, though a gifted professor, is a gluey stylist ("Moreover, the various struggles for dominance among states, nationalisms, ethnic groups, regions, and cultural entities have conducted and simplified a manipulation of opinion and discourse, a production and consumption of ideological media representations, a simplification and reduction of vast complexities into easy currency, the easier to deploy and exploit them in the interest of state politics") - and he is certainly subject to his own charges of simplification. Didn't colonized cultures have, in turn, their own colonies, imperialisms, dominations? Has there ever been a human society in which the "Other," the "impure," the "raw," the "strange" hasn't been used as a lever for advantage? Is culture, for that matter, supposed to be complex and fair - or is it, rather, self-essential and reflective? Said spends no time weighing these questions, which he sends out onto the field but never puts in play. It's following the sections of highly tenuous lit-crit here that Said's lack of focus and ill-thought-out positions become most apparent. Drifting screeds and apologies - against the Gulf War, for Oliver Stone's JFK and the equally astigmatic Salman Rushdie - plus ever more academic recommendations of scholarly books Said agrees with give his own a tiresome, soapboxy sensibility, undercutting its formality and most of its seriousness. (Kirkus Reviews)