The work of Edward Said has had a transformative impact on the way we think about identity and postcolonialism. In this book of essays, leading scholars of postcolonial studies, philosophy and literary criticism, informed by Said’s wide-ranging scholarship, engage with and extend his work.
Robert Young, author of White Mythologies, in his essay focuses on the notion of hybridity and ethnicity in England; Benita Parry explores how a very English story of imperialism is narrated in Conrad’s Nostromo. Other contributors include Bryan Cheyette, Moira Ferguson and Bruce Robbins. The collection also looks at the work of Frantz Fanon and cultural difference in Africa. And following Said’s work and activism around the Palestinian question, there are also essays exploring the relationship between Jewish and Arabic identity.
This is the first collection to expand and elucidate the work of Said in depth and it expertly matches his critical skill and insight over an interdisciplinary field of enquiry.
Contributors: Bryan Cheyette, Laura Chrisman, Kadiatu Kanneh, Neil Lazarus, Masao Miyoshi, Bhikhu Parekh, Bruce Robbins, Ella Shohat, Gauri Viswanathan, David Wood and Robert Young.
Keith Ansell-Pearson is Programme Director of the Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Warwick. He is the author of several books on Nietzsche including Nietzsche, Deleuze and the Philosophy Machine (1996).
Benita Parry is the author of Delusions and Discoveries: Studies on India in the British Imagination (1972) and Conrad and Imperialism (1983).
Judith Squires is the joint editor of Cultural Remix: Theories of Politics and the Popular (L&W 1995) and Space and Place: Theories of Identity and Location (L&W 1993). She lectures in the Politics Department at the University of Bristol.