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  • Published: 5 December 2021
  • ISBN: 9780141187426
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432

Orientalism



The book that redefined our understanding of the legacy of European colonialism and empire, now reissued with a new PMC jacket

'Stimulating, elegant and pugnacious'Observer

In this highly acclaimed work, Edward Said surveys the history and nature of Western attitudes towards the East, considering Orientalism as a powerful European ideological creation - a way for writers, philosophers and colonial administrators to deal with the 'otherness' of eastern culture, customs and beliefs. He traces this view through the writings of Homer, Nerval, Flaubert, Disraeli and Kipling, whose imaginative depictions have greatly contributed to the West's romantic and exotic picture of the Orient. Drawing on his own experiences as an Arab Palestinian living in the West, Said examines how these ideas can be a reflection of European imperialism and racism.

  • Published: 5 December 2021
  • ISBN: 9780141187426
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432

About the author

Edward W Said

Edward Said was born in Jerusalem in 1935. In 1951 he attended a private preparatory high school in Massachusetts, America and he went on to study at Princeton University for his BA and at Yale for his MA and PhD. He became University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Said was bestowed with numerous honorary doctorates from universities around the world and twice received Columbia's Trilling Award and the Wellek Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association. He is best known for describing and critiquing 'Orientalism' and his book on the subject was published in 1978. He died in 2003.

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