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By Mathieu E. Courville

ISBN-10: 1441138110

ISBN-13: 9781441138118

Ontends that Said's interpretation of the secular isn't the utter contrary of faith within the sleek globalized international. "Edward Said's Rhetoric of the Secular" presents an enormous new examining of Edward W. Said's paintings, emphasizing not just the excellence but in addition the bushy borders among representations of 'the religious' and 'the secular' came across inside of and all through his oeuvre and on the middle of a few of his so much commonly used rhetorical concepts. Mathieu Courville starts off by means of studying Said's personal reflections on his existence, sooner than relocating directly to key debates approximately Said's paintings inside spiritual reports and heart japanese experiences, and his dating to French severe theorists. via shut cognizance to Said's use of the literal and the figurative whilst facing spiritual, nationwide and cultural concerns, Courville discerns a trend that illuminates what stated skill by means of secular. Said's paintings exhibits that the secular isn't the utter contrary of faith within the glossy globalized international, yet may possibly exist in a efficient stress with it.

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And for the reason that while nationalism is a necessary spur to revolt against the colonizer, national consciousness must be immediately transformed into what he calls “social consciousness,” just as soon as the withdrawal of the colonizer has been accomplished. 5 A few lines further, Said adds: Fanon also prophesied the continuing dependency of numerous postcolonial governments and philosophies, all of which preached the sovereignty of the newly independent people of one or another new Third World state and, having failed to make the transition from nationalism to true liberation, were in fact condemned to practice the politics, and the economics, of a new oppression as pernicious as the old one.

17 “Secular criticism” aims then at cultivating novel forms of existence. In Orientalism’s sequel, Culture and Imperialism, as well as in his 1993 Reith Lectures, Representations of the Intellectual, the emphasis on “mix-ity” is greater; the voices that resist against colonial discourses are also represented. 18 Recognizing the reality as well as the actual and potential strengths of the métissage of what some still take to be hermetically sealed off, mutually exclusive groupings—be they academic disciplines isolated from each other or from the world of politics, or cultures, nations, or civilizations, isolated from each other, or from shared taints of barbarism—becomes much more the main tasks of the “secular” scholar-critics and public intellectuals as Said envisions them.

Such internal strife translates practically and theoretically as dynamism, not the stasis of the “Orientalists” unchanging East. Said’s father would develop his great aptitude for business in the United States, but he also fought for the United States (and the so-called free world) in France during World War I. S. citizenship, which in due course he would pass on to his children. That the family, with the exception of Said’s mother, had these “papers,” these “texts,” facilitated the freedom of movement they enjoyed, which would have otherwise been greatly curtailed due to what Palestinians regard as the catastrophic loss of their customary link to their national homeland, its management and development.

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