Edward Said is perhaps best known as the author of the landmark study Orientalism, a book which changed the face of critical theory and shaped the emerging field of post-colonial studies, and for his controversial journalism on the Palestinian political situation.
Looking at the context and the impact of Said's scholarship and journalism, this book examines Said's key ideas, including:
This popular guide has been fully updated and revised in a new edition, suitable for readers approaching Said's work for the first time as well as those already familiar with the work of this important theorist. The result is the ideal guide to one of the twentieth century's most engaging critical thinkers.
'A book that at one and the same time can both introduce and challenge, a commendable combination.' - African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific, Review and Newsletter
Why Said? Key Ideas 1. Worldliness: the text 2. Worldliness: the critic 3. Orientalism 4. Culture as imperialism 5. Palestine 6. Said’s Late Style After Said Further Reading
Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.
The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:
Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.