Orientalism

Orientalism

More than three decades after its first publication, Edward Said's groundbreaking critique of the West's historical, cultural, and political perceptions of the East has become a modern classic.

In this wide-ranging, intellectually vigorous study, Said traces the origins of "orientalism" to the centuries-long period during which Europe dominated the Middle and Near East and, from its position of power, defined "the orient" simply as "other than" the occident. This entrenched view continues to dominate western ideas and, because it does not allow the East to represent itself, prevents true understanding. Essential, and still eye-opening, Orientalism remains one of the most important books written about our divided world.

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  • Erica

    The following is a true story:Me, in a San Franscisco bar reading Orientalism.The blonde girl next to me reading over my shoulder: "So what's Orientalism?"I explain as best I can in a couple sentences...

  • J.G. Keely

    There's a curious double-standard between what we expect from White guy authors compared to authors of any other background. When an author is a Native American, for example, we tend to expect their b...

  • Trevor

    This is a fascinatingly interesting book. It is also a book that is virtually required reading if you are going to say anything at all about post-colonialism. Whether you agree or disagree with the ce...

  • Sean Barrs

    “Every single empire in its official discourse has said that it is not like all the others, that its circumstances are special, that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democ...

  • Thomas

    An intelligent and insightful book about how the West has stereotyped and dehumanized the East through racist and oppressive representations of the East as backwards, uncivilized and in need of Wester...

  • Michael Finocchiaro

    An amazing classic book from the late Edward Saïd about the origins of the Western view of the Orient that shaped literature and music in the 17th-20th century. It is a penetrating view of various ra...

  • Michael

    Thoughtful and comprehensive, Orientalism puts forth a biting critique of the West’s dehumanizing, essentialist representations of the East. Across three wide-ranging chapters Said tracks the histor...

  • Zanna

    Obviously this is a must read, which has been much drawn on and critiqued by later post/anti-colonial writers. I have just read the copious notes I made when I read it in 2007 (sort of ironic that I r...

  • DoctorM

    Yes--- in many ways, Said's "Orientalism" is a classic. And he's right about some things: Western art and literature created a whole fantasy world about "the Orient" (which included the Balkans and Ru...

  • E. G.

    Preface (2003)AcknowledgmentsIntroduction--OrientalismAfterword (1995)NotesIndex...