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Humanism, Territory, and Techniques of Trouble

Humanism, Territory, and Techniques of Trouble

(p.87) Chapter 5 Humanism, Territory, and Techniques of Trouble
Archives of Authority
Andrew N. Rubin
Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the dimensions of Edward Said's critical writing. In spite of numerous attempts to define and identify an overarching methodology that can be traced throughout Said's some twenty-five books, few have successfully, or at the very least convincingly, identified a method that endures throughout his entire oeuvre. That such an intellectual, who is credited with the invention of fields like postcolonial studies and who has made a decidedly transforming contribution to the reinvention of humanism in general, has proven so elusive in this respect has to do with the changing exigencies he faced as an intellectual. At the same time, however, Said has exhibited a lasting affinity with a range of key figures, intellectuals, and critics—most notably Erich Auerbach (1892–1957), a scholar of classical and philological training.

Keywords:   Edward Said, Orientalism, humanism, philology, Erich Auerbach

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