By William D. Hart

This booklet offers a particular account of Edward Said's critique of recent tradition through highlighting the religion-secularism contrast on which it really is predicated. This contrast is either literal and figurative. It refers, at the one hand, to spiritual traditions and to secular traditions and, however, to tropes that stretch the which means and reference of faith and secularism in indeterminate methods. the writer takes those tropes because the most sensible approach of organizing Said's heterogeneous corpus - from Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography, his first e-book, to Orientalism, his so much influential ebook, to his fresh writings at the Palestinian query. The religion-secularism contrast, as an act of mind's eye and narrative continuity, lies at the back of Said's cultural feedback, his proposal of highbrow accountability, and his public controversy with Michael Walzer in regards to the that means and the makes use of of the Exodus tale and in regards to the query of Palestine.

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