Edward Said and the Question of Language

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Atef Alshaer (University of Westminster)
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Introduction

It is characteristic of Said that he uses an open style of writing, which, although populated with positions, distinctions, criticisms and generalisations, is equally open to diverse and contrarian views. He does this in a way that is concurrent with his understanding of language as an infinite field of constructive possibility and humane exploration that affords responsible conduct and sensitivity. There are two dimensions that Said reiterates with unabashed passion in several of his writings. One is his suspicion of views and programmes propped up as pure human creations untouched by external contexts, no matter how aesthetically sublime or cognitively astute. This applies as much to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as to scholarly works done with alleged sentiments of

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Citation: Alshaer, Atef. "Edward Said and the Question of Language". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 November 2022 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19669, accessed 25 July 2024.]

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