Culture and Imperialism

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Before this book I used these terms interchangeably, even after reading the book I don’t think I fully understand how they are different. Here Edward Said uses a lot of philosophical conceptions such as the one Gramci, and some of Literature figures like CONRAD and Jane Austen. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. 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. That was even written before the post-9/11 hell broke loose, but the gist, especially the North-South divide, unfair trade practices, IMF free market crap, aid and debt traps remain so very, very relevant.

Second, the challenge is to connect them not only with that pleasure and profit but also with the imperial process of which they were manifestly and unconcealedly a part; rather than condemning or ignoring their participation in what was an unquestioned reality in their societies, I suggest that what we learn about this hitherto ignored aspect actually and truly enhances our reading and understanding of them. To read a text contrapuntally is to read it “with a simultaneous awareness both of the metropolitan history that is narrated and of those other histories against which (and together with which) the dominating discourse acts” (51). So half of the book is a (too detailed) deconstruction of Western 19th and 20th century novels by (mainly) Austen, Kipling, Conrad, and Camus.Colonialism is ‘always a consequence of imperialism’ and ‘the implanting of settlements on distant territory’. Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. He wishes Culture to have a global reach equal to that of the European empires of the nineteenth century, but he also has to stress space instead of time.

I remember being completely blown away by Said's 'Orientalism' years ago, and this book, like that one, is less concerned with resolving every possible issue it brings up than with inaugurating and providing profound moral and aesthetic incentives for a massive intellectual mission. Said emphasizes the failure of academy and intellectuals to bridge the gap of culture in preventing further military intervention and continuation of imperialism. An idea at the back of it; not a sentimental pretence but an idea; and an Unselfish belief in the idea -- something you can set up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to. Foucault traces the role of discourses in wider social processes of legitimating and power, emphasizing the construction of current truths, how they are maintained and what power relations they carry with them.The novels and other books I consider here I analyze because first of all I find them estimable and admirable works of art and learning, in which I and many other readers take pleasure and from which we derive profit.

But Said in his magnus opus asks the question: “what if imperialism was not simply a political project born of European realpolitik, but a whole encompassing form of thought and more importantly cultural production, one which very much still lingers in our collective unconscious and very ontology of the quotidian? I could not help thinking about what Edward Said would make of social media today: Would he perhaps have thought that an app like twitter only reinforces the regulation of public discussion and mainstream culture? Said argues that, although the "age of empire" largely ended after the Second World War, when most colonies gained independence, imperialism continues to exert considerable cultural influence in the present. The essays expand the arguments of Orientalism to describe general patterns of relation, between the modern metropolitan Western world and their overseas colonial territories. Ghazoul places Said’s approach within traditions of Zahirite Koranic interpretation, which emphasized event and context.These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. In this sense the counterpoint does not consist in the traditional parallel between an author and his or her critics. I was particularly attuned to his discussions of geography in relationship to empire in the texts he discusses. It is Said's intent to show how literature is a reflection of culture revealing imperialism as an integral part of British life in the 19th and very early 20th centuries, so closely related as to be like wallpaper to a room and so necessary as a support for the economy. 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.

And yet, "is that an accurate representation of what resistance politics and culture were all about? Here Said tries to walk a very thin line between an empathetic understanding of the source of that violent energy and a very strong criticism of the means it is expressed and particularly the way the oppressed in turn all too often become oppressors of their own people.Still, the book is interesting as a social document on the thinking of imperialism and culture of the time.

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