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Edward Said makes one of the strongest cases ever for the aphorism, "the pen is mightier than the sword." This is a brilliant work of literary criticism that essentially becomes political science. Culture and Imperialism demonstrates that Western imperialism's most effective tools for dominating other cultures have been literary in nature as much as political and economic. He traces the themes of 19th- and 20th-century Western fiction and contemporary mass media as weapons of conquest and also brilliantly analyzes the rise of oppositional indigenous voices in the literatures of the "colonies." Said would argue that it's no mere coincidence that it was a Victorian Englishman, Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton, who coined the phrase "the pen is mightier . . ." Very highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand how cultures are dominated by words, as well as how cultures can be liberated by resuscitating old voices or creating new voices for new times.
The author of Orientalism examines the interrelationship of Occidental literature and imperialism from the 17th century to the Gulf war.
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Few works of literary criticism have made as strong an impact on me as has Edward Said's Culture and Imperialism. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mikhail B
Many would say they find reading this book less demanding than his Orientalism. Still I find Orientalism a far more enjoyable book, though this one is a great book as well.Published 8 months ago by LSE chap
A landmark work. Had to have a paperback copy for our home library.Published 9 months ago by A. Blanch
The book is highly informative and assertive. In the level of language, Said use of language and grammar fascinates me; what make it interesting is the sort of refrain that follow,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dhiffaf Al-Shwillay
I really like Edward Said's work, especially 'Orientalism', and he has a great grasp of colonization and imperialism, and how they affect the culture of both, and the power... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Liza Kimball
This book is about how culture, power and imperialism have been stitched together to turn mere nations into Empires. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Herbert L Calhoun