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Orientalism, Politics, and Literature

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Said's work has had different significance in different contexts. From a literary perspective his greatest achievement has been his challenging of the New Critical separation of aesthetic and political concerns. His seminal work Orientalism has been the central influence of the last twenty years for literary scholars concerned with cultural exchanges between Asia and America, even though his professed task was the discussion of European and Middle Eastern political and aesthetic interrelations. This paper examines the political significance of Orientalism in the light of the struggles within literary studies that gave rise to the text. but there is a difference between overstatement for effect and overstatement as doctrine....'

Affiliations: 1: Department of English Language and Literature National University of Singapore

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2001-01-01
2016-12-09

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