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Power, Politics, and Culture (Vintage)

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Edward W. Said

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In a nation that recognizes few public intellectuals, Said unquestionably qualifies. The Columbia University English and comparative literature professor pioneered postcolonialist criticism, challenging readers to recognize the assumptions and institutional and power relationships embedded in respected works of literature. As a member of the Palestinian diaspora, Said has always been a political as well as a cultural critic, deeply concerned about Mideast developments. In this volume, Viswanathan, a Columbia professor who studied with Said, gathers transcripts of more than 30 interviews and panel discussions with him over the past 30 years. Some are drawn from Western newspapers and magazines (the London Telegraph, the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Newsweek, the Progressive); others, from foreign publications such as Ha'aretz Magazine (Israel), the Hindu Magazine (India), and the Karachi Herald (Pakistan). A final group of conversations is from academic journals such as Critical Text and the Journal of Palestinian Studies and from academic collections. An illuminating supplement to Said's prolific political and cultural commentary. Mary Carroll
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This is a collection of wide-ranging interviews given over the past 30 years by Edward Said (e.g., Orientalism), the disting- uished Palestinian American intellectual. Edited with an introduction by Viswan-athan, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, where Said also teaches, the book demonstrates the depth and breadth of Said's scholarship on such diverse topics as literary criticism, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and peace process, the Gulf War, censorship and repression in the Arab world, American intellectuals and Middle East politics, the music of Glenn Gould, and culture and imperialism. These interviews have previously appeared in diverse publications in the United States, Europe, the Arab world, Israel, India, and Pakistan. By bringing them together in one collection, the editor has captured Said's lifelong commitment to scholarship and political activism qualities that have made him one of the foremost cultural and literary critics of our time as well as a committed intellectual and defender of oppressed people in the Third World, especially in the Arab world and Israel. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Truth and Respect 10. Oktober 2001
Von Reda - Veröffentlicht auf
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Once again, Edward Said forces respect shows the extent of his talent as cultural critic, political essayist and world observer. Few intelectuals today can pretend applying a holisitic and methodological approach to world affairs and classical music at the same time. I highly recommend this book.
Regarding the comment below by the nameless individual "nylawguy", i would just make the following remarks to reestablish the truth:
- Edward Said is no longer a member of the PLO since 1992; however, I do not see why being a member of the PLO is such a problem: PLO members have been received at the White House on countless occasions last time I checked
-Edward Said has not thrown stones at israeli soldiers since he was on the lebanese side of the border when he was pictured throwing a stone. Surprisingly enough, only the NY press made such a big fuzz out of that picture where evidently Edward Said did not aim at anyone
- If you read carefully the book, you'll see that Said is actually one of the most vocal critics of Hamas' tactics, although he clearly tries to understand what led a desperate population of several million embrace Hamas so overwhelmingly
I hope readers will take the time to read this book and draw their conclusions on their own
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Importance of Being Edward 24. August 2001
Von Roslyn Lee Hammers - Veröffentlicht auf
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For almost a quarter century, Edward W. Said, professor of Comparative Literature at Columbia University, public intellactual, and Palestinian freedom fighter par excellence has worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between the personal and the political. Whether he is arguing for an end to state sponsored torture of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prison camps, the need for more democratic reform within the Palestinian Authority, or Jane Austen as a mirror of the colonial enterprise, Said never fails to enlighten and inspire. Along with Noam Chomsky in this country and Pierre Bourdieu on the European Continent, he is that rare breed: the tenured intellectual within the Academy who is brave enough to stick his neck out of the ivory tower and reconcile theoretical constructs with the political reality on the ground.
In Power, Politics, and Culture, Gauri Vishwanathan, one of Said's colleagues at Columbia, has cast a wide net and gathered interviews from India, Pakistan, the Arab World and Israel. Remarkable for their conversational quality, these interviews reflect as much the interviewers' politics and social concerns as they do Said's responses to them. True to form, Said is never reluctant to throw down the gauntlet and challenge an interviewer. Speaking with Hasan M. Jafri of the Karachi (Pakistan) Herald, in an interview conducted soon after Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini issued his famous death fatwa against author Salman Rushdie, Said pursues Rushdie's funfamentalist detractors with the same trademark energy he might devote to castigating a Shamir or a Netanyahu. To wit: " I am an absolute believer in absolute freedom of expression. As a Palestinian, I have fought Israeli attempts to censor my people in what they can write or read. A lot of our battle for liberation has to do with freedoms of thought and opinion and expression. I firmly believe in them. So, let me say, regardless of the reason, I believe there should be no censorship at all." He continues: "...I am very disturbed by the whole thing ( the Rushdie affair ) and I just wish that Salman Rushdie could lead a normal life.....It's a huge price to pay for an individual. He has lost the ability to be free. He can't move around as he wishes. He can't see his son. His second marriage failed while he was in hiding. I feel it shouldn't happen to anyone. Our world is big enough to have people like Salman Rushdie writing as they do and to debate what they say. But to condemn him to death and to burn his book and to ban it - those are horrible, horrible things." Incidentally, Pakistan was in the grip of anti-Rushdie riots after the announcement of the fatwa, but on Said's request The Herald printed all of his comments in Rushdie's defense.
His bete noir, The New Republic, gets similar treatment. In a panel discussion chaired by William McNeil ( formerly of the News Hour), and joined by both Christopher Hitchens and Leon Wieseltier, Said reads from a theater review published in that magazine. ...."Where did the follwing review appear: The description of a play at the American Repertory Theater in this town: 'The universalist prejudice of our culture prepared us for this play's Arab, a crazed Arab to be sure, but crazed in the distinctive ways of his culture. He is intoxicated by language, cannot discern between fantasy and reality, abhors compromise, always blames others for his predicament and, in the end, lances the painful boil of his frustrations in a pointless, though momentarily gratifying act of bloodlust.' " Said turns to Wieseltier: "I disagree with you Leon; I'm sorry, I don't believe that could appear about an Indian or an African in any other magazine in this country."
As an antidote to their prejudices about at least one Arab, Leon and his friends at TNR would be well advised to read Power, Politics and Culture. As for the Ayatollahs, they will surely have to. Anything Said says or does, as evidenced in these interviews, is an event in the Middle East. Before long, pirated editions of this book, in Persian, will be available in the myriad bookshops on Enghelab Avenue, the student ghetto outside Tehran University. Arabic copies will sell from Casablanca to Riyadh. In this country too, this volume will hold readers spellbound. Whether he is talking literary theory or street politics, Edward Said brings an immediacy to whatever it is he is discussing that is truly unique.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Discipline of Details 4. September 2013
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Edward Said rightfully sees the Muslim politicians as well as the secular leaders in the Middle East as lacking a "discipline of details". However by reading this book we have hope that some day the awakening and the current Arab Spring will prevail over the longtime dictatorships in the region. His analytical thinking helps us see specific issues with western intellectuals, academics, and the media coverage of Middle Eastern controversies. He forces us to look at "both sides" of the issues in the region not just the "Orientalist" side.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The responsibility of an intellectual 20. Dezember 2009
Von Luc REYNAERT - Veröffentlicht auf
This collection of interviews gives an excellent overview of the two sides of Edward W. Said's life and work: the literary critic and the political commentator / agitator.

Literary and music critic
From the 1970s on, E.W. Said was confronted with the postmodern (deconstruction) movement. But, he saw immediately the immense flaw in the discourse: `their criticism takes language as language and then proceeds to discuss literature as embroiled in the problems of language ... (they are) uninterested in the life of society and very far removed from the world of politics, power, domination and struggle.'
To the contrary, what moved E.W. Said were `anger at injustice, intolerance of oppression and ideas about freedom and knowledge.'
(For a devastating verdict on postmodernism, see G.G. Preparata.)
Strangely, as a musicologist, he admires T. Adorno, who shamefully dismissed the music of I. Stravinsky (the greatest composer of the 20th century) on Marxist (?) grounds.

For E.W. Said, the West's vision on the Orient is completely biased. The Orient is (was) occupied by the West, milked by the West for its resources and humanly squashed by the West.

Third World
His light beacon for the struggle of the populations of the Third World was Frantz Fanon (`The Wretched of the Earth') who analyzes the problem of how charismatic revolutionary leaders could become themselves oppressors of the `liberated' and turn into a new power elite.

Palestinian question
Here, E.W. Said is an angry man, for `without justice there cannot be peace.'
His (ir)real dream is a bi-partisan State with a Palestinian majority.
In any case, Israel has to assume total responsibility for the dispossession and confiscation of land, the destruction of the Palestinian society and the deprivations, the sufferings and the killings of the Palestinian people.

Of course, these interviews contain many repetitions, but they give an in depth view of the evolution of E.W. Said's ideas concerning the real world and literature with a body.

Not to be missed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Power, Politics, and Culture 27. April 2014
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I haven't read this yet, but I really like Edward Said and have several of his books, Orientalism is his best so far.
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