Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism

Matthew Whittle (University of Kent at Canterbury)
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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 as the “interdependence of cultural terrains in which the coloniser and colonised co-existed and battled…

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Citation: Whittle, Matthew. "Culture and Imperialism". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 April 2014 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=14564, accessed 25 July 2024.]

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