This extraordinarily wide-ranging work represents a new departure for contemporary literary theory. In 'The World, the Text, and the Critic' the author of 'Beginnings' and 'Orientalism' demonstrates with grace and lucidity the ways in which modern critical discourse has been impressively strengthened by the writings of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, for example, and by such influences as Marxism, structuralism, linguistics and psychoanalysis. As well as his exploration of the place of the critic within culture, and his possible responses to the dogmas and orthodoxies of the time, Edward Said offers a number of brilliant investigations into the writings of such central figures as Swift, Conrad, Lukacs and Renan. 'The World, the Text, and the Critic' examines concepts such as repetition, originality, worldliness, and the roles of audiences, writers and speakers; it asks daring questions, investigates problems of urgent significance, and gives a subtle yet powerful new meaning to the business of criticism in modern society.
Very Good Condition. Pages yellowed slightly and old but book is otherwise pristine.