Representations of the Intellectual by Edward W. Said
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Representations of the Intellectual
By Edward W. Said

Representations of the Intellectual

The 1993 Reith Lectures

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Representations of the Intellectual by Edward W. Said

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Celebrated humanist, teacher, and scholar, Edward W. Said here examines the ever-changing role of the intellectual today. In these six stunning essays - delivered on the BBC as the prestigious Reith Lectures - Said addresses the ways in which the intellectual can best serve society in the light of a heavily compromised media and of special interest groups who are protected at the cost of larger community concerns. Said suggests a recasting of the intellectual's vision to resist the lures of power, money, and specialization. in these powerful pieces, Said eloquently illustrates his arguments by drawing on such writers as Antonio Gramsci, Jean-Paul Sartre, Regis Debray, Julien Benda, and Adorno, and by discussing current events and celebrated figures in the world of science and politics: Robert Oppenheimer, Henry Kissinger, Dan Quayle, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. Said sees the modern intellectual as an editor, journalist, academic, or political adviser - in other words, a highly specialized professional - who has moved from a position of independence to an alliance with powerful institutional organizations. He concludes that it is the exile-immigrant, the expatriate, and the amateur who must uphold the traditional role of the intellectual as the voice of integrity and courage, able to speak out against those in power.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780679761273
ISBN-10: 0679761276
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 133mm x 10mm)
Pages: 121
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-Nov-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Using the author's personal letters as a guide to understanding Joseph Conrad's fiction, this title draws a parallel between Conrad's view of his own life and the manner and form of his stories.

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