Edward Said: Culture and Imperialism

(2480 words)
  • Matthew Whittle (University of Manchester)

Culture and Imperialism (1993) acts as a “sort of a sequel” (64) to Edward Said’s seminal 1978 work Orientalism. Where the latter focused on how the production of Western knowledge about North African and Middle Eastern regions operated as a means of “dominating, restructuring, and having authority over the Orient” (1978: 3), Culture and Imperialism represents Said’s attempt to “describe a more general pattern of relationships between the modern metropolitan West and its overseas territories” (xi). Of particular concern is the relationship between culture and imperialism during the height of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century Western empires and what Said refers to a…

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Whittle, Matthew. "Culture and Imperialism". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 April 2014
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=14564, accessed 02 December 2015.]

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