Reflections on Exile and Other Essays

Reflections on Exile and Other Essays

Edward W. Said / Aug 11, 2020

Reflections on Exile and Other Essays With their powerful blend of political and aesthetic concerns Edward W Said s writings have transformed the field of literary studies This long awaited collection of literary and cultural essays the

  • Title: Reflections on Exile and Other Essays
  • Author: Edward W. Said
  • ISBN: 9780674009974
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • With their powerful blend of political and aesthetic concerns, Edward W Said s writings have transformed the field of literary studies This long awaited collection of literary and cultural essays, the first since Harvard University Press published The World, the Text, and the Critic in 1983, reconfirms what no one can doubt that Said is the most impressive, consequentiaWith their powerful blend of political and aesthetic concerns, Edward W Said s writings have transformed the field of literary studies This long awaited collection of literary and cultural essays, the first since Harvard University Press published The World, the Text, and the Critic in 1983, reconfirms what no one can doubt that Said is the most impressive, consequential, and elegant critic of our time and offers further evidence of how much the fully engaged critical mind can contribute to the reservoir of value, thought, and action essential to our lives and our culture.As in the title essay, the widely admired Reflections on Exile, the fact of his own exile and the fate of the Palestinians have given both form and the force of intimacy to the questions Said has pursued Taken together, these essays from the famous to those that will surprise even Said s most assiduous followers afford rare insight into the formation of a critic and the development of an intellectual vocation Said s topics are many and diverse, from the movie heroics of Tarzan to the machismo of Ernest Hemingway to the shades of difference that divide Alexandria and Cairo He offers major reconsiderations of writers and artists such as George Orwell, Giambattista Vico, Georg Lukacs, R P Blackmur, E M Cioran, Naguib Mahfouz, Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad, Walter Lippman, Samuel Huntington, Antonio Gramsci, and Raymond Williams Invigorating, edifying, acutely attentive to the vying pressures of personal and historical experience, his book is a source of immeasurable intellectual delight.

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      • Edward W. Said

        Arabic Profile Edward Wadie Said Arabic w di s i d , Idw rd Wad Sa d 1 November 1935 25 September 2003 was a professor of literature at Columbia University, a public intellectual, and a founder of the academic field of postcolonial studies A Palestinian American born in Mandatory Palestine, he was a citizen of the United States by way of his father, a U.S Army veteran.Educated in the Western canon, at British and American schools, Said applied his education and bi cultural perspective to illuminating the gaps of cultural and political understanding between the Western world and the Eastern world, especially about the Israeli Palestinian conflict in the Middle East his principal influences were Antonio Gramsci, Frantz Fanon, Aim C saire, Michel Foucault, and Theodor Adorno.As a cultural critic, Said is known for the book Orientalism 1978 , a critique of the cultural representations that are the bases of Orientalism how the Western world perceives the Orient Said s model of textual analysis transformed the academic discourse of researchers in literary theory, literary criticism, and Middle Eastern studies how academics examine, describe, and define the cultures being studied As a foundational text, Orientalism was controversial among the scholars of Oriental Studies, philosophy, and literature.As a public intellectual, Said was a controversial member of the Palestinian National Council, because he publicly criticized Israel and the Arab countries, especially the political and cultural policies of Muslim r gimes who acted against the national interests of their peoples Said advocated the establishment of a Palestinian state to ensure equal political and human rights for the Palestinians in Israel, including the right of return to the homeland He defined his oppositional relation with the status quo as the remit of the public intellectual who has to sift, to judge, to criticize, to choose, so that choice and agency return to the individual man and woman.In 1999, with his friend Daniel Barenboim, Said co founded the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, based in Seville, which comprises young Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab musicians Besides being an academic, Said also was an accomplished pianist, and, with Barenboim, co authored the book Parallels and Paradoxes Explorations in Music and Society 2002 , a compilation of their conversations about music Edward Said died of leukemia on 25 September 2003.


    1. ادوارد سعيد (الثقافة) , محمود درويش (الأدب) , مارسيل خليفة (الفن) , مقومات أي حضارة عظيمة .إدوارد سعيد هو واحد من أهم المثقفين العرب على الاطلاق , وساعدته الظروف على توسيع أفقه بطريقة جعلته في مكانة يستحقها بجدارة .فلسطين : وجع الانسانية و وصمة عارها , تلك الأرض المنتهكة و ذلك الشع [...]

    2. but the work of man is only just beginningand it remains to man to conquer allthe violence entrenched in the recesses of his passionAnd no race possesses the monopoly of beautyof intelligence, of force, and thereis a place for all at the rendez-vous of victory-Aime CesaireSaid returns so often to those lines, and even after having read this entire book, all 46 of the essays it contains, I still feel I do not understand the significance he feels in them. Like many of the other concepts and argume [...]

    3. جميلٌ أنت يا إدواردعجيبٌ أنت يا إدواردعظيمٌ أنت يا إدوارد مهمّ , لطيف , مخيف , هذه الكلمات التي سيجدها المارّ من مكتبتي مبعثرة على صفحات الكتاب .____الكتاب المكوّن من مجموعة مقالات كتبت على امتداد ثلاثين عاما , سُمّي باسم مقال فيه " تأمّلات حول المنفى " الذي يظهر ادوارد سعيد فيه و [...]

    4. مقالات شيّقة، ومُعالجات تتسم بإيقاع متأنٍ وهاديء، أكثر ما تمتاز به "العمق" - مما يجعل وصف (أبحاث) أكثرَ ملائمة لهاوعلى الرغم من أن كتابة سعيد تتطلّب تركيزاً استثنائياً إلا أن أسلوبه مُرهف وحساس -ومثير للشجى في بعض الأحيان- وهذا ما دفع المترجم ليقول في مقدمته: على مدى بضعة أيام [...]

    5. مثل هذه التأملات حول المنفى مجموعة مقالات كتبها إدوارد سعيد على مدى فترة تقارب الخمسة وثلاثين عاماً، وهي إلى هذا ثمرة من ثماره الفكرية التي نجمت عن تدريسه ودارسته في واحدة من المؤسسات الأكاديمية، هي جامعة كولومبيا في نيويورك. حيث كان قد وصل إلى هناك في خريف 1963 خريجاً جامعياً [...]

    6. Es difícil comentar este libro porque resultó complejo, ya sea por la diversidad de temas que trata o por el sinfín de referencias que hay. Said es un gran ensayista, que plantea de una forma que trata de ser sencilla, las dificultades que representa la cultura, la literatura y la identidad en el mundo moderno. Aparte de seguir la rama del Orientalismo, reflexiona el papel del exiliado en el mundo y sobre estar divido entre dos naciones distintas (lo que le sucede a él).Son 31 ensayos donde [...]

    7. سأعود قريبا لأكتب هنا بإذن الله---اثنان وعشرون مقالة لسعيد، جُمعت على مدى 30 عاماً من الكتابة والتأليف، أبرزها مقالته تأملات حول المنفى والتي وضعت عنواناً للكتابتنوعت مواضيع المقالات مابين الحديث عن المنفى الذي عاشه سعيد لكونه فلسطينياً هاجر أهله للقاهرة الكولونيالية في ال [...]

    8. Antes de seguir, resulta conveniente aclarar que este es un libro de ensayos; y que justo acabo de leer el que le da nombre a la compilación, no todos. A pesar de no coincidir en algunos puntos de su exposición Reflexiones sobre el exiliome parece un ensayo lúcido, y un excelente punto de partida para comprender fenómenos como el exilio y la migración, así como la representación del migrante desde una óptica más bien sociológica. No obstante, da pie para pensarlo desde la literatura. V [...]

    9. شدني أن ما لا يقل عن ربع الكتاب كان عن مصر سواء من نظرته المباشرةأو من حيث ارتباطها بقضايا الكتاب وهذا شيء له دلالته في رأييميول سعيد الناصرية في شبابه لفتت إنتباهي أيضاَ ورغم نقده الكبير للديكتاتوريات العسكرية في العالم العربي الا أنه أخيرا يصرح (وبدون تفصيل في الأسباب) أن [...]

    10. LOVED LOVED LOVED this!! The essay "Reflections on Exile", in specific, explores the idea of exile, it being voluntarily and forced, transcendental homelessness, and nationalism. Said is a wonderful Palestinian scholar, breaking down how exile can be defined and explained. As an immigrant, I, myself, have had trouble putting into words the idea of displacement and how it affected me, my nation, and my ancestors. This man puts it all into words that make a logical explanation to a spiritual state [...]

    11. طبعـاً لا يخفى على أحد البروفيسور إدوارد سعيد ، وما يطرحه من أفكار وتأمّـلات وتحليلاتيعجبني في هذا الكاتب سعة أفقه، وعمق نظرتهو الكتاب عبارة عن مقالاتٍ في محاور مختلفة تعكس فكره ورؤيته في بعض الجوانب الفكريّة والأدبيّة والنّـقديّـة والسّـياسيّـةبصراحة إدوارد كاتب جدير با [...]

    12. The breadth of subject matter covered in these beautifully crafted essays is remarkable. 'Cairo and Alexandria' is one to keep in mind for any walk through old Cairo. Any essays mentioning Bernard Lewis (quite a few do) are worth the cover price alone.

    13. An astonishing compilation of Said's essays that contribute to understand his basic thesis, perceptions, research domains etc. Literary theory , post-colonialism, middle-eastern studies and other areas such as philosophy of music are in the centre of his analysis.

    14. Just re-reading some of these as I prepare a paper. I wish I had time to re-read the whole thing. I forgot how much I enjoed reading Said. I'll bump this one up a star.

    15. Liked a few of these essays (I didn't read all of them) until he started talking about Glenn Gould and the piano and his TOTAL snobbery was revealed.

    16. Rating applies to: the Introduction, "Amateur of the Insoluble", "Conrad and Nietzsche", and "Reflections on Exile"

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