Edward Said and the Post-Colonial by Bill Ashcroft, Hussein Kadhim

By Bill Ashcroft, Hussein Kadhim

Contents: Horizons in Post-Colonial reviews; advent; putting Edward stated: area Time and the vacationing Theorist; not anything within the publish? -- stated and the matter of Post-Colonial Intellectuals; Edward stated and/versus Raymond Williams; Worldliness; Orientalism as Post-Imperial Witnessing; Europe's Occidentalisms; The Evolution of Orientalism and Africanist Political technological know-how; Post-Colonialism as Neo-Orientalism: Sarojini Naidu and Arundhati Roy; the positioning of reminiscence; Index.

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Dirlik is well known as the author of one of the most trenchant attacks on post-colonial intellectuals, and in view both of the approving reference and because his article offers a more sustained discussion of the question of intellectuals, it is useful to examine his reservations alongside those of Said. "The Postcolonial Aura" is powerfully written, and makes uncomfortable reading for anyone - especially anyone with materialist or socialist affiliations -working in the post-colonial field, firstly because of the strength of its denunciation from a 'friendly' theoretical-political position, and secondly because it can leave the reader wondering how such a powerful critique could get things so wrong...

Said's difficulty is that his ethical and theoretical values are so deeply involved in the history of the culture that he criticizes that they undermine his claims for the possibility of the individual being in a position to choose, in an uncomplicated process of separation, to be both inside and outside his or her own culture (Young 1990: 132). Although Robert Young identifies an area of difficulty in Said's thought, it is by no means certain that Said is as trapped as Young thinks. For example, the question is not necessarily one of simple voluntaristic selection: Said is concerned with where intellectuals are objectively positioned, not just where they might hope or choose to be.

The two first met in London in 1985, when they were panelists on a television program dealing with "intellectuals" (the other panelists were David Caute, Julia Kristeva, and Roger Scruton). They met again in 1986 at a conference on "Cultural Studies, Media Studies and Political Education" held at the Iostitute of Education in London; a central attraction of the conference was the public dialogue between the two (the edited transcript of this dialogue appears as "Media, Margins and Modernity" in Williams, The Politics of Modernity).

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