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Author Spanos, William V.

Title The legacy of Edward W. Said / William V. Spanos
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2009]
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Contents Edward Said and the poststructuralists : an introduction -- Heidegger, Foucault, and the "empire of the gaze" : thinking the territorialization of knowledge -- Orientalism : Foucault, genealogy, history -- Culture and imperialism : the specter of empire -- Edward Said's humanism and American exceptionalism after 9/11/01 : an interrogation -- Edward Said's Mount Hermon and mine : a forwarding remembrance and a coda
Summary With the untimely death of Edward W. Said in 2003, various academic and public intellectuals worldwide have begun to reassess the writings of this powerful oppositional intellectual. Figures on the neoconservative right, who have become influential in the policy-making of George W. Bush's administration, have already begun to discredit Said's work as that of a subversive intent on slandering America's benign global image and undermining its global authority. On the left, a significant number of oppositional intellectuals are eager to counter this neoconservative vilification, proffering a Said who, in marked opposition to the "anti-humanism" of the great poststructuralist thinkers who were his contemporaries--Jacques Derrida, Jean-François Lyotard, Jacques Lacan, Louis Althusser, and Michel Foucault--reaffirms humanism and thus rejects poststructuralist theory. In this provocative assessment of Edward Said's lifework, William V. Spanos argues that Said's lifelong anti-imperialist project is actually a fulfillment of the revolutionary possibilities of poststructuralist theory. Spanos examines Said, his legacy, and the various texts he wrote--including Orientalism, Culture and Imperialism, and Humanism and Democratic Criticism--that are now being considered for their lasting political impact
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-265) and index
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Subject Said, Edward W. -- Influence.
Said, Edward W. -- Political and social views.
Mount Hermon School.
Humanism.
Imperialism.
Orientalism.
Philosophy, Modern -- 20th century.
Politics and culture.
Poststructuralism.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Philosophy.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008027200
ISBN 0252092457 (electronic bk.)
1283583100
9780252092459 (electronic bk.)
9781283583107