Said and Political Theory

Jeannie Morefield

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By the time he died in 2003, Edward Said was one of the most famous scholars and critics of the twentieth century whose work continues to be hugely influential far beyond academia. And yet Said's work has had only a limited impact on the field of political theory, despite the recent 'turn to empire'. This chapter explores the relevance of Said's scholarship for political theory, focusing in particular on his contrapuntal approach to history, culture, and empire. It also explores the relationship Said theorizes between that historical inquiry and contemporary politics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAfter Said
Subtitle of host publicationPostcolonial Literary Studies in the Twenty-First Century
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781108554251
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • "Edward Said," "political theory," counterpoint, humanism


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