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Bill Ashcroft, Pal Ahluwalia. Edward Said Routledge Critical Thinkers.

Bill Ashcroft, Pal Ahluwalia. 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. Bill Ashcroft, Pal Ahluwalia.

Part of the Routledge Critical Thinkers Series) . by Pal Ahluwalia and Bill Ashcroft. Edward Said is perhaps best known as the author of Orientalism, a book which changed the face of critical theory and shaped the emerging field of post-colonial studies.

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: why he or she is important. what motivated his or her work.

The Routledge Critical Thinkers series provides the books you can turn to first when a new name or concept appears in. .These books are necessary for a number of reasons.

The Routledge Critical Thinkers series provides the books you can turn to first when a new name or concept appears in your studies. Each book will equip you to approach a key thinker's original texts by explaining her or his key ideas, putting them into context and, perhaps most importantly, showing you why this thinker is considered to be significant. The emphasis is on concise, clearly written guides which do not presuppose a specialist knowledge. In his 1997 autobiography, Not Entitled, the literary critic Frank Kermode wrote of a time in the 1960s

Edward Said (Routledge Critical Thinkers). Routledge Critical Thinkers, Volume 10. (ebook). Published October 17th 2008 by Taylor & Francis Group. Author(s): Pal Ahluwalia.

Edward Said (Routledge Critical Thinkers). Published October 17th 2008 by Routledge. ISBN: 0203146689 (ISBN13: 9780203146682).

Edward Said/Bill Ashcroft and Pal Ahluwalia. Includes bibliographical references and index. The Routledge Critical Thinkers series provides the books you can turn to first when a new name or concept appears in your studies. 1. Said, Edward W. 2. Politics and literature. 3. Criticism-Political aspects. Each book will equip you to approach a key thinker’s original texts by explaining her or his key ideas, putting them into context and, perhaps most importantly, showing you why this thinker is considered to be significant.

Pal Ahluwalia, Bill Ashcroft. Looking at the context and the impact of Said's scholarship and journalism, this book examines Said's key ideas, including: The significance of 'worldliness', 'amateurism', 'secular criticism', 'affiliation' and 'contrapuntal reading' the place.

Edward Said (1 November 1935 – 25 September 2003) was an American literary theorist, cultural critic, and political activist of Palestinian descent. A founding figure in postcolonialism, he wrote dozens of books, lectures, and essays.

Items related to Edward Said (Routledge Critical Thinkers) . Bill Ashcroft; Pal Ahluwalia Edward Said (Routledge Critical Thinkers). First published in 1999, this book has been fully updated and revised for the reader new to Said's work. The result is the ideal guide to one of today's most engaging critical thinkers for all literary students. Ahluwalia and Ashcroft have concisely summarised the gist of Said's work in ways that allow the student of postcolonialism to come to grips with the theoretical writings of one of the most original thinkers of the of the 20th Century. Tony Simoes da Silva, University of Exeter, Mots Pluriels, April, 2001.

Edward Said is perhaps best known as the author of Orientalism, a book which changed the face of critical theory and shaped the emerging field of post-colonial studies.This volume explains Said's key ideas, their contexts and impact, with reference to both his scholarship and journalism. These ideas include:* the place of text and critic in the world* knowledge, power and the construction of the 'Other'* the links between culture and imperialism.First published in 1999, this book has been fully updated and revised for the reader new to Said's work. The result is the ideal guide to one of today's most engaging critical thinkers for all literary students.
  • Acebiolane
The Routledge text on Edward Said, by Bill Ashcroft and Pal Ahluwalia, is part of a recent series put out by the Routledge Press, designed under the general editorial direction of Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London), to explore the most recent and exciting ideas in intellectual development during the past century or so. To this end, figures such as Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Ricoeur, Sigmund Freud and other influential thinkers in critical thought are highlighted in the series, planned to include at least 21 volumes in all.
Ashcroft and Ahluwalia's text, following the pattern of the others, includes background information on Said and his significance, the key ideas and sources, and Said's continuing impact on other thinkers. As the series preface indicates, no critical thinker arises in a vacuum, so the context, influences and broader cultural environment are all important as a part of the study, something with which Said might agree.
Why is Said included in this series?
his thought and intellectual influence has extended far beyond to almost every academic field. Particularly in the areas of philosophy, politics, theology, and sociology, Said's influence will continue to be significant for a number of reasons.
Ashcroft and Ahluwalia's text is well organised. In the first chapter, she recounts both a brief biographical sketch of Said, as well as the discussion on how Said's development of ideas impacts the intellectual development of the twentieth century. Said was set to be a relatively intelligent but unknown professor of comparative literature when events in the Middle East, and his own multifaceted identity, propelled him into other arenas. His identity as an American in New York City (a city not unknown for diversity) was challenged as his identification as an Arab seemed to take precedence in light of the Arab/Israeli conflicts - an identity problem that has re-established itself for many in the wake of the post-9/11 bombings. Understanding the importance of culture and its pervasive power through the texts, the writers, the readers, and the understandings of people even without their awareness is crucial to understanding the world, particularly in the increasingly globalised culture.
One of the useful features of the text is the side-bar boxes inserted at various points. For example, during the discussion on Said's development of orientalism, there are brief discussions, set apart from the primary strand of the text, on the Epistemology, Ontology, Michel Foucault, and Marxism, developing further these topics should the reader not be familiar with them, or at least not in the way with which Said would be working with ideas derived from them. Each section on a key idea spans twenty to thirty pages, with a two-page summary concluding each, which gives a recap of the ideas (and provides a handy reference).
The book is designed so that each chapter can be a stand-alone essay, peripherally related to each other, but not dependent upon any particular order of reading. Should the reader want a quick introduction to Said's development on culture and imperialism, or an overview of Said's views on Palestine issues, those can be read independently or out of sequence without any loss of accessibility by the reader. Should this text be used as part of a class, the chapters can be rearranged to suit any number of syllabi patterns.
Part of the problem of putting Said into a series like this is that the series requires the identification of key ideas. Ashcroft and Ahluwalia develops five key areas (as opposed to ideas): Worldiness in texts; Worldiness in critics; Orientalism; Culture as Imperialism; and finally, Palestine. In each of these chapters, Ashcroft and Ahluwalia develop the background, the theory, and some of the problem areas (both in Said and in others) for discussion. All of this is done with a particular emphasis on literary and cultural theory, but the impact of these ideas on other areas, particularly the political, cannot be hidden.
The concluding chapter, After Said, highlights some key areas of development in relation to other thinkers, as well as points of possible exploration for the reader. Said's ideas of post-colonial theory and the continuing evolution of orientalism are primary features of Said's work, but in fact it is too early to be speaking of times after Said. Ashcroft and Ahluwalia report that the New York Times recognised Said as one of the most important and influential literary critics alive in 1999; this kind of public acknowledgement doesn't necessarily secure one's place in history, but it does speak of his growing influence beyond the narrow confines of a particular academic discipline.
As do the other volumes in this series, Ashcroft and Ahluwalia conclude with an annotated bibliography of works by Said, and works on Said. The works by Said are broken up into topical arrangement, and include articles as well as books.
While this series focuses intentionally upon literary theory, in fact this is only the starting point. For Said (as for others in this series) the expanse is far too broad to be drawn into such narrow guidelines, and the important and impact of the ideas extends out into the whole range of intellectual development. As intellectual endeavours of every sort depend upon language, understanding, and interpretation, the thorough comprehension of how and why we know what we know is crucial.
  • Kupidon
Overall, I liked this book. Edward Said is a remarkable theorist/analyst. These Routledge books do the best they can in introducing you to complex thinkers. This book was no exception... it did the best it could in introducing me to Edward Said in 150 pages. and it did a good job.

I have read ~10 of these books in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series. By now, I am beginning to think that a reader should read more serious texts if they really want to get immersed in these thinkers. For example, even though this is a good book, I probably should have devoted myself to reading one of Said's own books. (I am a Lacanian)
  • Deorro
This book serves not only as a cogent introduction to the massive and complex body of work Said has produced in his lifetime, but it uses some of Said's own observations and critical mechanisms to understand Said. It contextualizes Said in a milieu that explains his own production of knowledge: something Said accomplished deftly in his landmark 'Orientalism' (1978). In that work, however, he examines the history of the western academic and popular cultural disposition towards "the Orient," or "the other" as an integral part of its imperial political aspirations. 'Paradox' gives an understandable syanpsis of a work many professors find difficult. Without giving away the fascinating hypothesis, Said's identity is explored amidst greater questions of the politics and meaning of identity -- themes Said is close to. This work is useful to those highly familiar with Said or those, such as myself, who seek a nice summary and introduction to the sphere of Said's work, ides that he influenced, as well as ideas he was influenced by. Its weakness is that it is probably of more utility to those belonging in the latter group of those un- or semi-familiar; though my own membership in that group may taint that judgment.
  • MARK BEN FORD
Ashcroft and Ahluwalia provide a straightforward and readable outline of Said's work.

Although concise, their approach is comprehensive and examines Said's many works. They also show how Said's cultural location and his activism greatly influenced his theories and methodologies.

Altogether, a great introduction to a complex subject.