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Edward Said at the limits
Marrouchi, Mustapha, 1956-
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Albany : State University of New York Press, [2004]

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xvi, 340 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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PN51 .M275 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Shows the full breadth and scope of Edward Said's work and of his role as a public intellectual.

Author Notes

Mustapha Marrouchi is the author of Signifying with a Vengeance: Theories, Literatures, Storytellers. He lives between Tunis and Toronto

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"There is no ready-made method for discussing the life and/or works of a writer like Edward Said," Marrouchi writes. Yet this volume, with its 260 pages of analytical narrative and more than 60 pages of notes and bibliography, strives to present Said's life and engagement with the world. Marrouchi's very detailed and well-ordered chronology, thirteen pages long, provides virtually a year-by-year commentary on Said's background and his most productive work period; it will be frequently consulted. The book looks at the most important aspects of Said's life and work as an academic critic; as an intellectual; and as a Palestinian exile who mattered politically and intellectually not just in the USA and the Anglophone world, but throughout Europe, the Middle East, and beyond. In his concern for contextualization, Marrouchi and the SUNY Press have taken the unusual and laudable step of providing in Arabic script the originals of many words describing events (al Intifada, al Nakba) and concepts (e.g., baten, latent) important to Said. Some sections, such as the unfocused passages devoted to Said as a contributor to the emergence of postcolonial criticism, are not fully satisfactory, but others, such as "My Homeland, the Text," are excellent. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. K. Tololyan Wesleyan University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: Edward Said at the Limitsp. 1
1. The Intellectual with a Mandatep. 31
2. The Old/New Idiot: Rereading the Postcolonial Signp. 73
3. My Homeland, the Textp. 107
4. The Site of Memoryp. 145
5. The Will to Authority and Transgressionp. 171
6. Quite Right: In Defense of Edward Saidp. 209
7. On Writing, Intellectual Life, and the Public Spherep. 219
8. Sa-ed' Data Base 1966-2002p. 245
Notesp. 299
Selected Bibliographyp. 315
Indexp. 325