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.

chapter |19 pages


Edward Said's Translocations

part |75 pages

Part I

chapter |21 pages

Edward Said

Opponent of Postcolonial Theory

chapter |18 pages

The Archaeology of Said

Father Foucault, Dieu Derrida, and Other (Af)filiations

chapter |21 pages

A Glorious Achievement

Edward Said and the Last Jewish Intellectual

part |74 pages

Part II

chapter |17 pages

Re-reading Said in Arabic

(Other)worldly Counterpoints

chapter |14 pages

Out of Place or Caught in the Middle

Edward Said's Thinking Between Humanism and Poststructuralism

chapter |25 pages

Overlapping Territories— ‘Exilic' Readings

Edward Said and the Emergence of Critical Empire Analysis in American Literary Scholarship

part |64 pages

Part III

chapter |18 pages

The Art of Counterpoint

Music as Site and Tool in Postcolonial Readings

chapter |28 pages

Picturing Palestine

Edward Said and the Fiction of Photography