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Out Of Place

Author : Edward W. Said
ISBN : 9781847082244
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Edward Said experienced both British and American imperialism as the old Arab order crumbled in the late 1940s and early 1950s. This account of his early life reveals how it influenced his books Orientalism and Culture and Imperialism. Edward Said was born in Jerusalem and brought up in Cairo, spending every summer in the Lebanese mountain village of Dhour el Shweir, until he was 'banished' to America in 1951. This work is a mixture of emotional archaeology and memory, exploring an essentially irrecoverable past. As ill health sets him thinking about endings, Edward Said returns to his beginnings in this personal memoir of his ferociously demanding 'Victorian' father and his adored, inspiring, yet ambivalent mother.
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Out Of Place

Author : Edward W. Said
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From one of the most important intellectuals of our time comes an extraordinary story of exile and a celebration of an irrecoverable past. A fatal medical diagnosis in 1991 convinced Edward Said that he should leave a record of where he was born and spent his childhood, and so with this memoir he rediscovers the lost Arab world of his early years in Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt. Said writes with great passion and wit about his family and his friends from his birthplace in Jerusalem, schools in Cairo, and summers in the mountains above Beirut, to boarding school and college in the United States, revealing an unimaginable world of rich, colorful characters and exotic eastern landscapes. Underscoring all is the confusion of identity the young Said experienced as he came to terms with the dissonance of being an American citizen, a Christian and a Palestinian, and, ultimately, an outsider. Richly detailed, moving, often profound, Out of Place depicts a young man's coming of age and the genesis of a great modern thinker. Amazon.com Review Edward Said is one of the most celebrated cultural critics of the postwar world. Of his many books of literary, political, and philosophical criticism, Orientalism--a brilliant analysis of how Europe came to dominate the Orient through the creation of the myth of the exotic East--and the monumental Culture and Imperialism are the best known. His books have redefined readers' understanding of the impact of European imperialism upon the shape of modern culture. Said's career as a thinker spans literature, politics, music, philosophy, and history. As a dispossessed Palestinian growing up in the Middle East and subsequently living in the USA, he has witnessed the impact of the Second World War upon the Arab world, the dissolution of Palestine and the birth of Israel, the rise of Nasser and the PLO, the Lebanese Civil War, and the faltering peace process of the 1990s. As a result, the publication of Said's memoirs, Out of Place, is a particularly significant event. The book offers a fascinating account of the personal development of a critic and thinker who has straddled the divide between East and West, and in the process has redefined Western perceptions of the East and of the plight of Palestinian people. However, as the title suggests, Said's memoir is a far more ambivalent and at times personally painful account of his early years in Palestine, Egypt, and Lebanon, as well as the often paralyzing embrace of his loving but overbearing parents. Said's memoirs are powerfully informed by his sense of personally, geographically, and linguistically "always being out of place." Born to Christian parents and caught between expressing himself in Arabic, English, and French, he evokes a vivid, but often very unhappy, portrait of growing up in Cairo and Lebanon under the crushing weight of his emotionally intense and ambitious family. The early sections of the book paint a poignant picture of the oppressive regime established over the awkward, painfully uncertain young Edward by his loving mother and expectant, unforgiving father, both of whom cast the longest emotional shadows over the book. Those expecting an account of Said's subsequent intellectual development will be disappointed; apart from the final 50 pages, which deal with Said's education at Princeton and Harvard, Out of Place is, as Said himself says, primarily "a record of an essentially lost or forgotten world, my early life." It is this carefully disclosed record that accounts for Said's deeply ambivalent relationship with both his family and the Palestinian cause. Composed in the light of serious illness, Out of Place is an elegantly written reflection on a life that has movingly come to terms with "being not quite right and out of place." --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk From Publishers Weekly An influential literary critic (Culture and Imperialism, etc.), writes movingly and honestly about his life of dislocation and exile. Prompted by a diagnosis of leukemia in 1991, Said's new book is infused with a desire to document not only a life, but a time and placeAPalestine in the 1930s and '40sAthat has since vanished. Born in 1935 to a Lebanese mother and Palestinian father who had American citizenship, and raised in Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon, Said has always lived with a divided identity. Even as a child he realized that his first name was British, his last name was Arabic and his nationality was American. In a straightforward, often poetic style, Said charts his family history, his education in British and American schools and his move to the U.S. in 1951 to attend Princeton and begin what was to become a distinguished career as an academic and intellectual. The memoir's most engaging elements are the little personal details that help us understand his later work: the young Said's love of such Hollywood films as Arabian Nights, with Maria Montez, or the novels of Twain and Cooper, offer fresh insights into his later writings about orientalism. Said can be frank about his personal lifeAwhether it's learning about masturbation or his intense relationship with his mother, whom he identifies as Gertrude to his HamletAwhich gives the book moments of deep, intimate openness. In the end, this memoir is less a tidy summing-up than an acceptance and exploration of what has been. As Said says, he has "learned actually to prefer being not quite right and out of place." Agent, Andrew Wylie. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Academic Lives

Author : Cynthia G. Franklin
ISBN : 0820335878
Genre : Education
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Since the early 1990s, there has been a proliferation of memoirs by tenured humanities professors. Although the memoir form has been discussed within the flourishing field of life writing, academic memoirs have received little critical scrutiny. Based on close readings of memoirs by such academics as Michael Bérubé, Cathy N. Davidson, Jane Gallop, bell hooks, Edward Said, Eve Sedgwick, Jane Tompkins, and Marianna Torgovnick, Academic Lives considers why so many professors write memoirs and what cultural capital they carry. Cynthia G. Franklin finds that academic memoirs provide unparalleled ways to unmask the workings of the academy at a time when it is dealing with a range of crises, including attacks on intellectual freedom, discontentment with the academic star system, and budget cuts. Franklin considers how academic memoirs have engaged with a core of defining concerns in the humanities: identity politics and the development of whiteness studies in the 1990s; the impact of postcolonial studies; feminism and concurrent anxieties about pedagogy; and disability studies and the struggle to bring together discourses on the humanities and human rights. The turn back toward humanism that Franklin finds in some academic memoirs is surreptitious or frankly nostalgic; others, however, posit a wide-ranging humanism that seeks to create space for advocacy in the academic and other institutions in which we are all unequally located. These memoirs are harbingers for the critical turn to explore interrelations among humanism, the humanities, and human rights struggles.
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Thinking Of Miller Place A Memoir Of Summer Comfort

Author : Ethel Lee-Miller
ISBN : 9781627872959
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In my memory . . . I am in a place where I can still, if only in my daydreams, take off my shoes and run barefoot up the hill. Relive the magic of childhood in Ethel Lee-Miller's stories of summers spent at her grandfather's home in Miller Place, a town on the northeastern end of Long Island. Away from mysterious adult worries, Ethel and her identical twin enjoy carefree days diving in the waters of the Long Island Sound and nights chasing fireflies. Coupled with their adventures are the wondrous people the twins come into contact with: the sophisticated and graceful French woman who greets them at the beach with a warm smile, the fearless neighbor boy who initiates them into his tribe, and their loving father who takes time away from his busy work schedule to construct and fly kites with them. With her "Finn" always by her side, Ethel savors childhood innocence while coming of age and forming secure, lasting ideals about love, beauty, home, and family. Even today, Ethel has only to think of Miller Place to claim a sense of comfort, serenity, and belonging.
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One Day I Will Write About This Place

Author : Binyavanga Wainaina
ISBN : 9781555970345
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*A New York Times Notable Book* *A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice* *A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year* Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him. This world came to him as a chaos of loud and colorful sounds: the hair dryers at his mother's beauty parlor, black mamba bicycle bells, mechanics in Nairobi, the music of Michael Jackson—all punctuated by the infectious laughter of his brother and sister, Jimmy and Ciru. He could fall in with their patterns, but it would take him a while to carve out his own. In this vivid and compelling debut memoir, Wainaina takes us through his school days, his mother's religious period, his failed attempt to study in South Africa as a computer programmer, a moving family reunion in Uganda, and his travels around Kenya. The landscape in front of him always claims his main attention, but he also evokes the shifting political scene that unsettles his views on family, tribe, and nationhood. Throughout, reading is his refuge and his solace. And when, in 2002, a writing prize comes through, the door is opened for him to pursue the career that perhaps had been beckoning all along. A series of fascinating international reporting assignments follow. Finally he circles back to a Kenya in the throes of postelection violence and finds he is not the only one questioning the old certainties. Resolutely avoiding stereotype and cliché, Wainaina paints every scene in One Day I Will Write About This Place with a highly distinctive and hugely memorable brush.
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Play And The Politics Of Reading

Author : Paul B. Armstrong
ISBN : 0801443253
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"Reading is socially useful, in Paul B. Armstrong's view, and can model democratic interaction by a community unconstrained by the need to build consensus but aware of the dangers of violence, irrationality, and anarchy. Reading requires mutual recognition but need not culminate in agreement, Armstrong says; instead, the social potential of reading arises from the active exchange of attitudes, ideas, and values between author and reader and among readers. Play and the Politics of Reading, which has important implications for education, draws on Wolfgang Iser's notion of free play to offer a valuable response to social problems."- Besedilo z zavihka.
Category: Literary Criticism

This Boy Does Cry

Author : Rana Hisham Issa
ISBN : OCLC:787846316
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Family matters remain a taboo that has hardly been challenged by the Arab, male intellectual elite. This is specifically the taboo that Edward Said dismantles i n his memoir Out of Place. It is this oppositional kind of criticism of establis hed hierarchies of power that turns up consistently in Edward Said's work. In it s resistance to the stifling familial ties in the Arab world, Out of Place empha sizes Said's understanding of the intellectual as someone who ceaselessly underm ines institutions of power. Said unveils patriarchy and charts its occasional c onvergence with imperialism which is a central theme in this book. I believe tha t this book spells out a complex (and troubled) position vis-a-vis feminism that nevertheless furnishes us with a link between anti-imperialism and feminism tha t can indeed expand the tools to fight the dominant imperialist and patriarchal structures of power. The aim of this thesis is to explore the strengths and limitations of Said's po sition in relation to feminism as it is charted in his memoir Out of Place. Thro ugh probing the autobiographical techniques that operate in this text, I believe that one can argue that Said deliberately adopts an effeminate narrative voice that divulges the performative nature of gender identity. Said's employment of d ialogism in his construction of a dialogic self as well as in plotting the sophi sticated dialogic relationships between different characters in the text is stra tegically exercised in order to dismantle the oppressive set of meanings inscri bed on his gendered body. Framing my analysis through feminist critical theory as well as theories on the genre of autobiography and narrative, I intend to argue that Said uses effemina cy as a method of resistance against the patriarchal hegemony of gender identity , a position that inches him closer towards the politics of feminism. However, I believe that effeminacy is ultimately a strategy of containment specifically be cause it affiliates itself with, but remains outside a feminist collective, with out attempting to imagine an alternative identity grouping that does not conform to a filiative model of belonging.

Epilogue A Memoir

Author : Will Boast
ISBN : 9780871404923
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Winner, The Rome Prize “This remarkable memoir is written with extraordinary care, intelligence, and honesty. . . . In short, it’s fully alive.”—Phillip Lopate For Will Boast, what looked like the end turned out to be a new beginning. After losing his mother and only brother, twenty-four-year-old Boast finds himself absolutely alone when his father dies of alcoholism. Numbly settling the matters of his father’s estate, Boast stumbles upon documents revealing a closely guarded secret his father had meant to keep: he’d had another family entirely, a wife and two sons. Setting out to find his half-brothers, Boast struggles to reconcile their family history with his own and to begin a chapter of his life he never imagined. “Riveting, soulful, and courageously told” (Maggie Shipstead), Epilogue is the stunning account of a young man’s journey through grief in search of a new, unexpected love.
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Out Of Place

Author : Kate Rogers
ISBN : 198787207X
Genre : Poetry
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Out of Place is part memoir, part journey. In this poetry collection Kate Rogers reflects on her years in Hong Kong, and travels back to her childhood self and the early lives of her parents and immigrant ancestors. The epigraph by philosopher Edward W. Said, author of Orientalism, raises the essential question posed by this book: How do we decide who we are when "all families invent their parents and children, give each of them a story, character, fate, even a language"?
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