ABSTRACT

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 |20 pages

Introduction

Edward Said’s Translocations
ByTobias Döring, Mark Stein

part |2 pages

Part I

chapter 1|21 pages

Edward Said

Opponent of Postcolonial Theory
ByRobert J.C. Young

chapter 2|12 pages

Religion and Dissent in Said’s Secular Criticism

ByGauri Viswanathan

chapter 3|18 pages

The Archeology of Said

Father Foucault, Dieu Derrida, and Other (Af)fi liations
ByChantal Zabus

chapter 4|21 pages

A Glorious Achievement

Edward Said and the Last Jewish Intellectual
ByBryan Cheyette

part |2 pages

Part II

chapter 5|17 pages

Re-reading Said in Arabic: (Other)wordly Counterpoints

(Other)worldly Counterpoints
ByMarkus Schmitz

chapter 6|16 pages

Edward Said and the Practice of Comparative Literature

ByFerial J. Ghazoul

chapter 7|14 pages

Out of Place or Caught in the Middle

Edward Said’s Thinking Between Humanism and Poststructuralism
ByRainer Emig

chapter 8|25 pages

Overlapping Territories—‘Exilic’ Readings

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

part |2 pages

Part III

chapter 9|16 pages

Orientalism, Opera, and the Public Sphere

ByChristopher Balme

chapter 10|18 pages

The Art of Counterpoint

Music as Site and Tool in Postcolonial Readings
ByAlexander Honold

chapter 11|28 pages

Picturing Palestine

Edward Said and the Fiction of Photography
ByTobias Döring