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    DescriptionThis extraordinarily wide-ranging work represents a new departure for contemporary literary theory. Author of "Beginnings" and the controversial "Orientalism," Edward Said demonstrates that modern critical discourse has been impressively strengthened by the writings of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, for example, and by such influences as Marxism, structuralism, linguistics, and psychoanalysis. He argues, however, that the various methods and schools have had a crippling effect through their tendency to force works of literature to meet the requirements of a theory or system, ignoring the complex affiliations binding the texts to the world. The critic must maintain a distance both from critical systems and from the dogmas and orthodoxies of the dominant culture, Said contends. He advocates freedom of consciousness and responsiveness to history, to the exigencies of the text, to political, social, and human values, to the heterogeneity of human experience. These characteristics are brilliantly exemplified in his own analyses of individual authors and works. Combining the principles and practice of criticism, the book offers illuminating investigations of a number of writers Swift, Conrad, Lukacs, Renan, and many others and of concepts such as repetition, originality, worldliness, and the roles of audiences, authors, and speakers. It asks daring questions, investigates problems of urgent significance, and gives a subtle yet powerful new meaning to the enterprise of criticism in modern society."

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    The World the Text & the Critic
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    By (author) Edward W. Said
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674961876
    ISBN 10: 0674961870

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    LC classification: PN81 .S223 1983, PN81.S223
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    Publication date
    10 June 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    Edward W. Said was University Professor at Columbia University.
    Review quote
    [Said's] book is relaxed and discursive, original, immensely learned, fluently written. -- John Bayley New York Times Book Review This striking book...represents an imporant contribution to literary criticism as well as suggesting a new direction for criticism to take. Publishers Weekly It is a pleasure to read someone who not only has studied and thought so carefully but is also beginning to substantiate, as distinct from announcing, a genuinely emergent way of thinking. -- Raymond Williams The Guardian The intellectual excitment of each essay and the enlightening effect of the brilliant thinking and writing of the book as a whole move the reader to the recognition of Said's major contribution to contemporary literary critical theory and practice. English Literature in Transition Provocative and exacting; the essays provoke due interrogation of contemporary literary, and exact from the reader the care and conscientiousness the question at issue warrant...The book issues from a remarkably sharp intelligence, forcing us to face questions and possibilities that literary theorists on the whole prefer not even to raise. -- Denis Donoghue The New Republic
    Table of contents
    Introduction: Secular Criticism 1. The World, the Text, and the Critic 2. Swift's Tory Anarchy 3. Swift as Intellectual 4. Conrad: The Presentation of Narrative 5. On Repetition 6. On Originality 7. roads Taken and Not Taken in Contemporary Criticism 8. Reflections on AMerican "Left" Literary Criticism 9. Criticism Between Culture and System 10. Traveling Theory 11. Raymond Schwab and the Romance of Ideas 12. Islam, Philolgy, and French Culture: Renan and Massignon Conclusion: Religious Criticism Notes Index