Orientalism – Western Conceptions of the Orient by Edward W. Saïd[Reading report] by Lauren Haddon

2009-10-03

The author was part of the “Alternative Management” third year program in HEC in 2008/2009

Edward W. Said is known as one of the founding figures of postcolonial studies. Orientalism remains to this day his most famous and influential book. It explores the process of identity construction through the identification of the Other. Said shows how Western constructions of the Orient are embedded within a highly political discourse and have little or no basis in actual individual "oriental" experiences. Orientalism is thus a cultural and a political fact that must be considered within a history and a tradition of thought, imagery, and vocabulary. This review will aim to deconstruct and analyse Said's argument in order to fully grasp the implication his book has had on postcolonial studies and cultural studies in general.

Quote article  Lauren Haddon, « Orientalism – Western Conceptions of the Orient by Edward W. Saïd », 03 october 2009, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Reading report]
http://appli6.hec.fr/amo/Articles/Entry/Item/94.sls

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