Edward Said: The Legacy of a Public Intellectual

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Debjani Ganguly, Ned Curthoys
Academic Monographs, Mar 25, 2015 - Social Science - 344 pages
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This collection is an enterprise of discovery and critical inquiry into the legacy of one of late modernity's greatest public intellectuals, Edward Said.
Noted contributors, including Bill Ashcroft, John Docker, Lisa Lowe, Hsu-ming Teo and Patrick Wolfe, address an array of intellectual, political and cultural issues in their engagement with Said's oeuvre. Exciting new scholarship highlights the ways in which humanities in the twenty-first century can engage with Said's legacy, which includes his imbrications of culture and imperialism, his cosmopolitan critique of the idea of 'clash of civilisations', and his belief that the intellectual needs to maintain 'intellectual performances' on many fronts.
The individual chapters achieve a sense of balance between the two poles of Said's persona: the brilliant and intimidating literary and music critic who invested deeply in an inclusive and democratic vision of humanism and the outspoken public intellectual who kept alive the truth of Palestine and the dangers of a settler colonial ethos.

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Edward Said and the style of the public intellectual
Edward Said and the sociology of intellectuals
Blogging Said Public intellectuals in the Internet age
Exile and representation Edward Said as public intellectual
Reluctant prophets and gadfly laureates The Australian writer as public intellectual
The worldliness of intimacy
Edward Saids unhoused philological humanism
Edward Said and Theodor Adorno The musician as public intellectual
Said Grainger and the ethics of polyphony
Orientalism and mass market romance novels in the twentieth century
The question of Europe Said and Derrida
Interacting imaginaries in Israel and the United States
Palestine Project Europe and the unmaking of the new Jew In memory of Edward W Said

Edward Said world literature and global comparatism

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Debjani Ganguly is head of the Humanities Research Centre in the Research School of Humanities at the Australian National University. A literary and cultural historian by training, she has published in the areas of postcolonial studies, global Anglophone literatures, caste and dalit studies, cultural histories of mixed-race, Gandhi and nonviolence and Indian literary criticism. Her recent publications are Caste, Colonialism and Countermodernity: Notes on a Postcolonial Hermeneutics of Caste (Routledge, 2005), Pigments of the Imagination: Rethinking Mixed Race, co-editor, (Journal of Intercultural Studies, 2007) and Rethinking Gandhi and Nonviolent Relationality: Global Perspectives, co-editor, (Routledge, Orient Longman, New Delhi, 200 0).

Ned Curthoys is an ARC postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Cross Cultural Research, Research School of Humanities, Australian National University. His project analyses the recuperation of Goethe's 1827 proposal of a 'world literature' by anti-fascist emigrant philologists such as Erich Auerbach and Leo Spitzer in the twentieth century.

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