Orientalism

Edward W. Said

Orientalism
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Country
United Kingdom
Published
5 December 2021
Pages
432
ISBN
9780141187426

Orientalism

Edward W. Said

The book that redefined our understanding of the legacy of European colonialism and empire.

In this highly acclaimed work, Edward Said surveys the history and nature of Western attitudes towards the East, considering Orientalism as a powerful European ideological creation - a way for writers, philosophers and colonial administrators to deal with the ‘otherness’ of eastern culture, customs and beliefs. He traces this view through the writings of Homer, Nerval, Flaubert, Disraeli and Kipling, whose imaginative depictions have greatly contributed to the West’s romantic and exotic picture of the Orient.

Drawing on his own experiences as an Arab Palestinian living in the West, Said examines how these ideas can be a reflection of European imperialism and racism.

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