Edward Said: The Charisma of Criticism

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-03-09
  • Publisher: Routledge
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In this insightful critical biography, Harold Veeser draws the connections between Said's life, politics, and criticism. These three areas, Veeser shows, are united in the central theme of Said's persona: charisma. This drive for charisma leads Said 'between worlds' from his childhood as 'A Christian wrapped in Muslim culture' in Jerusalem to a prestigious Ivy League academic career to a colorful political career that thrust him into a circle of international figures, diplomats, legendary generals, presidents, and outright terrorists and thugs-Arab and Israeli alike. In all arenas, Said fought for personality, originality, and the marvelous against anonymity, routine, and impersonal method. This book includes previously unpublished biographical and political facts, interviews, anecdotes-as well as never-before-transcribed correspondence and conversations.

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. ix
Forewordp. x
A Note on the Title of this Bookp. xii
The Charisma of Edward Saidp. 1
(“That Bastard, Said”)p. 20
Beginning Againp. 23
(“Your Name Is Aram”)p. 36
Emergencep. 40
(“Before He Was An Arab”)p. 57
Academostardomp. 61
(“Smart Jewish Boys”)p. 81
Secular Criticismp. 83
(The Way He Taught Then)p. 103
Rhetoric and Imagep. 106
(Ambition)p. 113
On Stagep. 116
(“Up to the Standard”)p. 136
Later Visionsp. 139
(Abu-Machiavelli)p. 156
Marquee Intellectualp. 158
(“I'm Very Upset”)p. 172
Political Roughhousep. 175
(“Partial Credit”)p. 191
Dropping the PLOp. 194
(“Wonderful Cheeses”)p. 202
Said in Historyp. 204
Notesp. 221
Bibliography of Works Citedp. 246
Indexp. 255
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