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Edward Said

Continuing the Conversation

In Edward Said: Continuing the Conversation, Edward Said’s long-time friends and collaborators continue their dialogue with Said where they had left off following his death in the fall of 2003.

The essays, imagining and recalling the cadences of Said’s conversation, take various forms, including elaborations on his ideas, applications of his thought to new problems, and recollections of the indescribable electricity that made conversation with him intense and memorable. This lively, personal tone is a direct result of editors Homi Bhabha and W. J. T. Mitchell urging contributors to write in the spirit of a conversation interrupted, a call on hold, a letter waiting for a reply, a question hanging in the air. This is a work of immense imaginative and intellectual force and compelling candor, honoring Said’s legacy as an activist intellectual.

This collection includes essays by Lila Abu-Lughod, Daniel Barenboim, Akeel Bilgrami, Paul Bové, Timothy Brennan, Noam Chomsky, Ranajit Guha, Harry Harootunian, Saree Makdisi, Aamir Mufti, Roger Owen, Gyan Prakash, Dan Rabinowitz, Jacqueline Rose, and Gayatri Spivak.

Table of Contents

Edward Said: Continuing the Conversation
W. J. T. Mitchell
Homi Bhabha
About Politics, Palestine, and Friendship: A Letter to Edward from Egypt
Lila Abu-Lughod
Interpreting a Distinction
Akeel Bilgrami
Continuing the Conversation
Paul Bové
Timothy Brennan
Homi Bhabha Talks with Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky
The Turn
Ranajit Guha
Conjunctural Traces: Said’s “Inventory”
Harry Harootunian
Said, Palestine, and the Humanism of Liberation
Saree Makdisi
Secular Divination: Edward Said’s Humanism
W. J. T. Mitchell
Global Comparativism
Aamir R. Mufti
Conversation with Edward Said
Roger Owen
Edward Said in Bombay
Gyan Prakash

Belated Occupation, Advanced Militarization: Edward Said’s Critique of the Oslo Process Revisited
Dan Rabinowitz
The Question of Zionism: Continuing the Dialogue
Jacqueline Rose
Thinking about Edward Said: Pages from a Memoir
Gayatri Spivak
Daniel Barenboim

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