Culture and Imperialism

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Culture and Imperialism

Culture and Imperialism

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The Age of Empire, a term coined by historian Eric Hobsbawm in his classic anthology narrating the rise of European Bourgeois society and industrial capitalism, seems long behind us. Readers accustomed to the precision and elegance of Edward Said's analytical prowess will not be disappointed by Culture and Imperialism .

Tim Brennan nicely analyzes the role of philologists and of geography in Said’s Arab trilogy: Orientalism (1978), The Question of Palestine (1979), and Covering Islam (1981). that the first half of the book is a work of literary analysis that discusses individual texts of the western canon within the contrapuntal framework, yet the second half of the book struggles to afford the same depth of analysis to the 'postcolonial' texts that it discusses. Considered ground-breaking when first published, this book now comes across as a little dated and jaded in its outlook. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously. Anyhow, the book (collection of essays) focuses on culture (primarily novels) and its link to empire in France, UK and the US.Primarily considering British and French imperialist works, "contrapuntal" readings and literary nods are given to Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie, Wole Soyinka, Aime Cesaire, Walter Rodney, Jamaica Kincaid, Nadine Gordimer, and the mainstay of Frantz Fanon. I was particularly attuned to his discussions of geography in relationship to empire in the texts he discusses.

Chapter 3, which was one of the best things I have read in a long time, covers a vast expanse: from Yeats to CLR James, from Fanon to Ranajit Guha, from Chinua Achebe to Aimé Césaire. For a superior analysis of Conrad's prophetic "Heart of Darkness", I'd recommend Sven Lindqvist's "Exterminate All the Brutes". Educated in the Western canon, at British and American schools, Said applied his education and bi-cultural perspective to illuminating the gaps of cultural and political understanding between the Western world and the Eastern world, especially about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East; his principal influences were Antonio Gramsci, Frantz Fanon, Aimé Césaire, Michel Foucault, and Theodor Adorno. The essays expand the arguments of Orientalism to describe general patterns of relation, between the modern metropolitan Western world and their overseas colonial territories. Missing is discussion about Russian/Soviet and East Asian imperialist literatures - perhaps there is more that Said wrote/spoke on these regional literatures, but undoubtedly similar contrapuntal reading opportunities here too with Eastern European, Balkan, Ukrainian, Korean, Philippine, Vietnamese, Cambodian (etc etc etc) voices.

Besides his academic work, he wrote a twice-monthly column for Al-Hayat and Al-Ahram ; was a regular contributor to newspapers in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; and was the music critic for The Nation . These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. The late chapters change course a bit, but the same spirit, speaking to American physical and cultural imperialism and the current events at the time of Said's writing (1993): The Gulf War and the role of the media in how this was reported/covered, and discussed, Saddam Hussein, Iraq and Gulf States, the tensions in Iran, Rushdie's fatwa, and the on-going occupations and intifada in Palestine, Said's birthplace.



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