Edward Said's Translocations

Essays in Secular Criticism

Edited by Tobias Doring, Mark Stein

© 2012 – Routledge

240 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Working with processes of translocation enabled Edward Said to point out interdependence and complementarity across geographical borders and disciplinary boundaries while recognizing cultural difference and the distinct historical experiences of colonizer and colonized. This book brings into focus Said’s politics of reading, from his literary criticism in English to his political columns in Arabic. The international contributors—from Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Switzerland, and the United States—investigate his intellectual legacies without necessarily identifying themselves with the critical positions these involve. Instead of treating his work as a unitary theoretical system, the various arguments explored offer a critical assessment of those situations in which his writing has entered into a productive relationship with other theoretical positions and interlocutors. The collection considers location, which has always been a central category in and for Said’s writing; readings, which designates the acts by which, according to Said, the world comes to be constituted; and legacies, which pertains to the many fields across the boundaries of established academic disciplines that have taken up Said’s challenges. The critical positions visited in this book include critical and cultural theory, postcolonialism, literary studies, theatre and performance studies, and visual and music studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Edward Said’s Translocations Part I. 1. Edward Said: Opponent of Postcolonial Theory Robert J.C. Young 2. Religion and Dissent in Said's Secular Criticism Gauri Viswanathan 3. The Archaeology of Said: Father Foucault, Dieu Derrida, and Other (Af)Filiations Chantal Zabus 4. A Glorious Achievement: Edward Said and the Last Jewish Intellectual Bryan Cheyette Part II. 5. Re-Reading Said in Arabic: (Other)worldly Counterpoints Markus Schmitz 6. Edward Said and the Practice of Comparative Literature Ferial J. Ghazoul 7. Out of Place or Caught in the Middle: Edward Said’s Thinking Between Humanism and Poststructuralism Rainer Emig 8. Overlapping Territories-- ‘Exilic’ Readings: Edward Said and the Emergence of Critical Empire Analysis in American Literary Scholarship Gesa Mackenthun Part III. 9. Orientalism, Opera, and the Public Sphere Christopher Balme 10. The Art of Counterpoint: Music as Site and Tool in Postcolonial Readings Alexander Honold 11. Picturing Palestine: Edward Said and the Fiction of Photography Tobias Döring

About the Editors

Tobias Döring is Chair of English Literature at the LMU Munich, where he specializes in Postcolonial and Early Modern Studies. His books include Caribbean-English Passages (Routledge, 2002), A History of Postcolonial Literature in 12 1/2 Books (WVT, 2007) and Postcolonial Literatures in English: An Introduction (Klett, 2008).

Mark Stein is Chair of English, Postcolonial and Media Studies at WWU Münster and President of the Association for the Study of the New Literatures in English (ASNEL). His research interests include anglophone cultural production from around the globe; transmigration and Diaspora studies; and critical and cultural theory.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures

Edited in collaboration with the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury, Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures presents a wide range of research into postcolonial literatures by specialists in the field. Volumes concentrate on writers and writing originating in previously (or presently) colonized areas, and include material from non-anglophone as well as anglophone colonies and literatures.

Part of our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections, this series considers postcolonial literature alongside topics such as gender, race, ecology, religion, politics, and science. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. Series editors: Donna Landry and Caroline Rooney

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LITERARY CRITICISM / General