Culture and Imperialism Essay

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Culture and Imperialism - Some Notes Edward Said – Introduction Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem, Palestine and attended schools there and in Cairo. He was a Christian Arab. He received his B.A. from Princeton and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. He is University Professor at Columbia. He is the author of Orientalism, The Question of Palestine, Covering Islam, After the Last Sky, and Culture and Imperialism. He delivered his speech Culture and Imperialism at York University, Toronto, February 10, 1993. He was an influential writer, speaker and teacher. 1950’s he went to the USA and studied at Princeton and Howard. His writings have been translated into 26 languages. Orientalism is his most influential book which presents the Western view of the Islamic World. It is limited to theMiddle East only but it covers the whole landscape occupied by 19th and 20th century. He had been a teacher of Literature (Comparative) and made critical and literary analysis of most writers literary allusions are frequently found in his political works. He died on 25th September, 2003. Said’s views on Culture and Imperialism Culture and Imperialism is a lecture by ES. It briefly surveys the formation of Western Culture to show that the process itself was a result of imperialism. In defining the two terms he says that Culture: The learned, accumulated experience of communities and it consists of socially transmitted patterns of behavior. According to the anthropologist Cliff Greety, Culture is: An ordered system of meanings and symbols in terms of which social interaction take place. Imperialism: (According to OED may be defined as): aggressive expansion of peoples at the expense of the neighbors. This has been going on for years. Imperialism implies some sort of collective premeditation which means a policy formed at home by the imperialistic force

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