‘Edward Said’s ideas about power and identity still resonate today’ – CBC radio interview from 1993.
Edward Said is considered to have been one of the world’s most eminent cultural and literary critics. A Palestinian Christian Arab who moved to the United States when he was 17 years old, his most famous work is Orientalism, which established his international reputation in 1978. In that book, Said explored the West’s attitude towards Islam and the East, describing “a web of racism, cultural stereotypes, and dehumanizing ideology.” In his provocative 1993 book Culture and Imperialism, he took the idea further, arguing that the justification for British imperialism was embedded in the cultural imagination of the West and exemplified in the work of novelists including Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling.
Eleanor Wachtel spoke to Edward Said in 1993, after the publication of Culture and Imperialism. He had been diagnosed with leukemia the year before, which he said spurred him to speak out more. Said died in 2003 at the age of 67.
Thanks to dmf for the link.