COMP 403 Spring 2013 Edward Said

Cross Listed as AMST415, ENGL415
Edward Said (1935-2003), one of the major critics of the last century, is best known for his groundbreaking 1978 book Orientalism, which inaugurated the field of postcolonial studies, and for his activist work on behalf of the Palestinian peoples. But his intellectual interests were wide-ranging: from French literary theory to Vico to Middle East politics to Glenn Gould. A true public intellectual, Said was a rarity among university academics. Besides writing several important scholarly books, he also wrote for various non-academic publications, such as The Nation, Al-Ahram, and The London Review of Books; co-founded, with the musician Daniel Barenboim, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra; and, from 1977-1991, served as a member of the Palestinian National Council. In this course, we will focus on works that represent different, though interconnected, facets of Said's oeuvre: his more strictly literary critical work (Beginnings and The World, The Text, and the Critic), his work on society and culture (Orientalism and Culture and Imperialism), his writings on the Palestinian question and the Middle East (The Question of Palestine, Covering Islam, From Oslo to Iraq), his writings on music (Parallels and Paradoxes co-authored with Daniel Barenboim), and his late work (On Late Style). We will also examine criticism of his work--Orientalism in particular.
Class Format: seminar
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Prerequisites: none; some literature background helpful
Enrollment Preference: American Studies, English and Comparative Literature majors
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 credit if registration is under AMST; meets Division 1 credit if registration is under ENGL or COMP
Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 12
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Class Number: 3678
COMP403-01(S) SEM Edward Said Division 1: Languages and the Arts Dorothy J. Wang
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 140 3678
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