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Reading Orientalism: Said and the Unsaid (Publications on the Near East) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0295987521 ISBN-10: 0295987529 Edition: Reprint

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  • Series: Publications on the Near East
  • Paperback: 518 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press; Reprint edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295987529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295987521
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is a lot of commentary available on Edward Said and Orientalism, but nothing like this. Varisco has compiled a comprehensive, critical overview of nearly everything that has been said on the topic. The notes and bibliography alone are a significant contribution to scholarship on Said and his work, but Varisco also uses his vast wealth of sources as the basis for a devastating critique of Said's methodology and conclusions - a critique that fairly acknowledges the beneficial consequences of Orientalism and the issues it raises." Walter G. Andrews, University of Washington "Varisco's book is long and closely argued, and it is impossible adequately to summarize its many points of contention in a review. Its discursive endnotes practically amount to a second book... [Reading Orientalism] makes for exhilarating reading ... "--TLS, May 9, 2008

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There is a lot of commentary available on Edward Said and Orientalism, but nothing like this. Varisco has compiled a comprehensive, critical overview of nearly everything that has been said on the topic. The notes and bibliography alone are a significant contribution to scholarship on Said and his work, but Varisco also uses his vast wealth of sources as the basis for a devastating critique of Said's methodology and conclusions - a critique that fairly acknowledges the beneficial consequences of Orientalism and the issues it raises." - Walter G. Andrews, University of Washington --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Root on March 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is probably the best book to read after reading Edward Said's Orientalism. Perhaps they should be sold as a set. Orientalism generated an enormous body of critical literature; Varnisco has read more than 600 pieces and presents them here in a carefully documented, highly readable survey. He seems to have striven to be even-handed and fair; for example he both praises and criticizes Bernard Lewis. Since he has a detailed bibliography and notes, it serves equally well as a one-volume overview and as an entrée to all the literature.

Varnisco's notes pose the one difficulty in the book: they are very definitely worth reading as one goes, but with so many, it is hard to choose: continue reading the text or flip back and forth?

Varnisco's writing is marvelous. The introductory material is a little stiff and heavy on the academese, but after that it flows. He pulls together many direct quotations from his enormous variety of sources with grace and produces a highly readable text. In addition, he is very witty, and makes loving use of his language. He often includes well-chosen puns that enrich his text by producing alternative readings, both of which are correct. Examples include the subtitle, The Said and the Unsaid and on page 272: "The volume in question in which the offending article by Lewis appears is poor evidence for Said's dis[cuss]ing of Orientalism-as-usual", or the chapter heading "Defin[ess]ing Orientalism". It is a pleasure to read an author who plays so skillfully with language.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Southall on August 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
The book seems fair and erudite, I have no complaints even if and when I may agree with the author's possession it is a valuable book to own in the debates concerning Orientalism.

It is a recommended purchase.
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ROROTOKO on August 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Reading Orientalism" is on the ROROTOKO list of cutting-edge intellectual nonfiction. Professor Varisco's book interview ran here as cover feature on April 4, 2009.
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