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Debating Orientalism

Elmarsafy, Ziad [u.a.] [Hrsg.]:
Debating Orientalism / edited by Ziad Elmarsafy, Anna Bernard and David Attwell. - Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. - XI, 268 S. : Ill.
ISBN 978-023-030-352-2
£ 50,00 / US$ 85,00
DDC: 303.482182105

To many, Edward Said's seminal 1978 work Orientalism is an enduring touchstone, a founding text of the field of postcolonial studies and a book that continues to influence debates in literary and cultural studies, Middle Eastern Studies, anthropology, art history, history and politics. To others, however, Orientalism has serious failings, not least in blaming the wrong people - namely, Orientalists - for the crimes of European imperialism. Debating Orientalism addresses the book's contemporary relevance without lionizing or demonizing its author. Bridging the gap between intellectual history and political engagement, the twelve contributors to this volume interrogate Orientalism's legacy with a view to moving the debate about this text beyond the manichean limitations within which it has all too often been imprisoned. Debating Orientalism seeks to consider Orientalism's implications with a little less feeling, though no less commitment to understanding the value and political effects of engaged scholarship. [Verlagsinformation]

List of Figures. vii
Acknowledgements. viii
Notes on Contributors. ix
1. Ziad Elmarsafy and Anna Bernard:
Orientalism: Legacies of a Performance. 1
2. Peter Gran:
Orientalism's Contribution to World History and Middle Eastern History 35 Years Later. 18
3. Robert Irwin:
Flaubert's Camel: Said's Animus. 38
4. Donna Landry:
Said before Said. 55
5. Mishka Sinha:
Orienting America: Sanskrit and Modern Scholarship in the United States, 1836-1894. 73
6. Yonatan Mendel:
Re-Arabizing the De-Arabized: The Mistaʿaravim Unit of the Palmach. 94
7. Moneera al-Ghadeer:
Cannibalizing Iraq: Topos of a New Orientalism. 117
8. Andrea Teti:
Confessions of a Dangerous (Arab) Mind. 134
9. Robert Spencer:
The 'War on Terror' and the Backlash against Orientalism. 155
10. Nicholas Tromans:
'The Defeat of Narrative by Vision': Said and the Image. 175
11. Joanna de Groot:
How Much is Enough Said? Some Gendered Responses to Orientalism. 192
12. Nicholas Harrison:
Said's Impact: Lessons for Literary Critics. 216
Bibliography. 242
Index. 261


ZIAD ELMARSAFY is Reader in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York, UK. He is the author of The Enlightenment Qur'an: The Politics of Translation and the Construction of Islam (Oneworld, 2009) and Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel (Edinburgh University Press, 2012). Profile page.
ANNA BERNARD is Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature at King's College London, UK. Her publications include essays on Israel/Palestine and 'third-world literature,' the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in metropolitan popular culture, and transnational genres of partition literature. She is completing a book on contemporary Palestinian and Israeli world writing. Profile page.
DAVID ATTWELL is Professor of English at the University of York, UK, though South African by birth. He has published widely on J.M. Coetzee. His work on South African literature includes Rewriting Modernity: Studies in Black South African Literary History (2006), and The Cambridge History of South African Literature, co-edited with Derek Attridge (2012). Profile page.

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