This interpretive dictionary introduces the critical and theoretical world of distinguished literary and cultural critic Edward W. Said through the crucial terms and concepts central to his work. Compares and contrasts Said's perspective with other key theorists, such as Derrida, Spivak, Foucault, and Jameson Describes the crucial terms and concepts central to Said's work Places the development of Said's work within its historical context
List of terms ix Preface xi Dictionary 1 Bibliography 159 Index 171
“This book is an excellent introduction to the variety and complexity of Said’s work (as Radhakrishnan points out, Said was not interested in constructing some monolithic system), and will no doubt be of interest to those more familiar with his work too.” (Reference Reviews, 1 June 2013) “This just may be the kind of Said that all who hold him in esteem have awaited. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (Choice, 1 November 2012)
R. Radhakrishnan is Chancellor's Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Diasporic Mediations (1996), Theory in an Uneven World (Blackwell, 2003), Between Identity and Location: The Cultural Politics of Theory (2007), History, the Human, and the World Between (2008), and editor of Theory as Variation (2007), Transnational South Asians: The Making of a Neo-Diaspora (with Susan Koshy, 2008), and Theory after Derrida: Essays in Critical Praxis (with Kailash Baral, 2009). His essays have appeared in a wide range of international journals and collecitons. Translator of contemporary Tamil fiction into English, he is also the author of a volume of poems in Tamil.
The work of Edward W. Said, one of the key theorists and cultural critics of the twentieth century, has been continually misunderstood and misappropriated by readers from a range of ideological standpoints. This engaging new book maps out Said's critical and theoretical world using the key terms and concepts that he utilized in his work and examines how he molded his vocabulary to meet the needs of the changing world around him. Original and creative, Said brought his perspective to bear on the existing critical idiom and made an indelible impression on it in both academic and public arenas. He was able to successfully combine the erudition of the specialist and the transparent accountability of a public intellectual committed to humanity at large. Analysing the ways in which he interacted with and differed from his contemporary theorists and exploring his lasting influence, this interpretive dictionary endeavours to do justice to the full scope of his work and his inimitable legacy.
"R. Radhakrishnan's eloquent meditations on the key words and names of the late Edward W. Said's critical vocabulary contribute immensely, not only to our understanding of his life-long secular project, but also to the sustaining of his richly resonant global legacy." —William V. Spanos, Binghamton University "Compulsively readable, this invaluable book helps explain why Said is so widely seen as the conscience of his generation. While explaining Said's concepts with lucidity and verve, it also maps a theoretical landscape where a lot is still going on. With a guide like Radhakrishnan, you feel ready to plunge right in." —Bruce Robbins, Columbia University