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Reflections on Exile - And Other Literary and Cultural Essays (Paperback)

Edward W. Said

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Spanning over three decades, these collated essays by the literary critic Edward Said - longtime Professor of English at Columbia University - offer valuable commentary on a broad expanse of subjects encompassing both academic and discursive topics, linked by the thread of one man's intellectual evolution. Based in New York, Said attributes much of his development as a critic to the particular character of the city he inhabits; a place simultaneously 'restless, turbulent, unceasingly energetic and absorptive'. As the gateway to a new life for thousands of immigrants at Ellis Island, New York seems the ideal home for one in exile. In the book's intriguing title essay Said meditates with authority on what it is exactly to be displaced from one's homeland and looks at how the effects of this experience, something at once 'strangely compelling' yet 'terrible to experience', permeate literature. Bemused by the way such an event has often been transformed on the page 'into a potent, even enriching motif of modern culture', he muses on the contrary nature of exile itself in a thought-provoking, stimulating article that in its poise and elegance defines the whole volume. Unabashedly scholarly and erudite, some essays hold specifically academic interest while others - on figures like the controversial T E Lawrence, Hemingway or George Orwell - possess broader, more colourful appeal; there's even the unexpected pleasure of a piece on Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan films nestling comfortably alongside its more studious companions. With reflective reappraisals of major writers and artists, incisive debate about issues that directly relate to the humanities as a whole and a courage in tackling subjects that many might prefer to shirk, the fruits of a long and distinguished career are here in ample evidence. (Kirkus UK)
This collection brings together Edward Said's essays on literary and cultural topics from over three decades. As the title essay shows, Said's own exile and the fate of the Palestinians have given form to the questions he has pursued. These essays give an insight into the formation of the critic and the development of an intellectual vocation. They cover a diverse range of topics, from the heroics of Tarzan to the machismo of Ernest Hemingway. Said offers different angles on writers and artists such as George Orwell, Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad, and Raymond Williams. Many of the central debates in the humanities over the last 30 years are addressed.

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Imprint: Granta Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: October 2001
Authors: Edward W. Said
Dimensions: 233 x 153 x 36mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 617
ISBN-13: 978-1-86207-444-6
Barcode: 9781862074446
Categories: Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Cultural studies
Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Cultural studies > General
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Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Essays, journals, letters & other prose works
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Essays, journals, letters & other prose works > General
LSN: 1-86207-444-5

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