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Epigraph and Preface Written in 2003, Said's Preface to the 25th-anniversary edition of Orientalism speaks to the political context of the te... Read More
Introduction Said begins Orientalism by explaining how Orientalism is defined within three different contexts. Academically, the term... Read More
Chapter 1, Part 1 In Chapter 1, Part 1, Said defines what he means by Orientalism. He does so through the evaluation of specific Orientali... Read More
Chapter 1, Part 2 Said begins by stating that Orientalism is a field of learned study. Until the mid-18th century, Orientalists were bibli... Read More
Chapter 1, Part 3 Said uses a series of examples to discuss how the West was able to advance on the East. He argues the initial attitude t... Read More
Chapter 1, Part 4 Said begins by describing what constitutes a "textual attitude." It is a preference for textual information in contrast ... Read More
Chapter 2, Part 1 Said details the changes that occurred in Orientalism in the 18th century in order to set the stage for Orientalism in t... Read More
Chapter 2, Part 2 Said describes the two main figures of the 18th century who transformed Orientalism into a secular field: Silvestre de S... Read More
Chapter 2, Part 3 Said discusses how in the late 19th century, Orientalism was characterized and categorized mainly through the developmen... Read More
Chapter 2, Part 4 Part of the reason Orientalists characterized the Orient as inferior was the history of how the Orient interacted with t... Read More
Chapter 3, Part 1 Said distinguishes between "latent" and "manifest" Orientalism in this section. Latent Orientalism refers to the backgro... Read More
Chapter 3, Part 2 Said begins with a discussion of "Kipling's White Man." This "White Man" was a generalized European who held specific vi... Read More
Chapter 3, Part 3 Said is concerned with the differences in Orientalist reasoning between the periods prior to and immediately following W... Read More
Chapter 3, Part 4 Said focuses in this final section on the period after World War II and up to the modern day. At this point, he notes th... Read More
Afterword Fifteen years after the initial publication of Orientalism, Said included an Afterword to address some of the critiques ... Read More
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