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44. 45. 46. Said, 92. Kennedy, 15. Ashcroft and Ahluwalia, 62-63. Kennedy, 31. 47. 48. 49. 50. Kennedy, 13. Windschuttle, 9. Said, 5. Ashcroft and Ahluwalia, 77. ” 49 Said condemns this textualism, this belief that representations found in books, newspapers, and on television correspond to the real world. Orientalist text offers a familiarity, even intimacy that draws in readers and assigns the Orientalist enormous status and greater importance than the objects they seek to describe. 50 Orientalist texts, for Said, are representations of the Orient, not natural depictions of the Orient, which itself is not a natural entity but an man-made entity created by the West through these representations.

76. Kennedy, 3. ” It is difficult to articulate the profound influence Edward Said has had on the fields of postcolonialism, comparative literature, and cultural studies as a whole as a result of these writings. Said opened up the world to the plight of the Orient. The intensity and passion that characterize his work come from a writer whose identity has been constructed, in part, by the very discourse he critiques. Rather than wallow in his status as a victim of Western oppression Said sought to move from the politics of blame to the politics of liberation.

Edward W. Said, Power Politics, and Culture: Interviews with Edward W. Said (New York: Pantheon Books, 2001), 210. 6. Said, 218. 31 Rebecca Duckert Though his work brought the matter to center stage, Said was certainly not the first to discuss the topic pf Orientalism. In 1953 Raymond Schwab gave a detailed study of Europe’s nineteenth century experience in the Orient in Le Renaissance Orientale. Ten years later Anwar Abdel Malek provided his Marxist interpretation of Europe’s objectification of the East in his highly influential article entitled “Orientalism in Crisis,” a source which was to be of great inspiration for Said.

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