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By Ella Shohat

Via his paintings as a pupil, as a critic, and as a political commentator, Edward acknowledged requested insistently: Who speaks? For what and whom? How does an highbrow articulate his or her position within the West? Or within the constructing international? what's the particular contribution and intervention to be made by way of the highbrow? This Social textual content specific factor in reminiscence of stated examines how he challenged proven authority and identification with those questions and formed a tradition of feedback.

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28. Ibid. 29. ” 30. Ibid. ” 33 Edward Said, Reuben Sachs, and Victorian Zionism This essay is intended both as a specific study of interconnected moments in nineteenth-century British literature and as an opportunity to explore the cultural and political imagination of a people and its sites of production, reproduction, or transformation. Taking our cue from Edward Said’s The Question of Palestine (1979), especially his engagement of George Eliot’s last novel, Daniel Deronda (1876), we ask what we might come to expect of literature for what it might tell us about both the cultural-historical contexts from which it arises and the world in which we live today.

Said, Question of Palestine, 65. 4. For details on Levy’s life, see Linda Hunt Beckman, Amy Levy: Her Life and Letters (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2000). 5. Amy Levy, Reuben Sachs, in The Complete Novels and Selected Writings of Amy Levy, 1861 – 1889, ed. Melvyn New (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1993), 197. All subsequent references to this book appear parenthetically in the text. 6. Bryan Cheyette, “From Apology to Revolt: Benjamin Farjeon, Amy Levy, and the Post-Emancipation Anglo-Jewish Novel, 1880 – 1900,” Jewish Historical Studies 29 (1988): 260.

1 Almost a quarter century after Said’s observations, we feel compelled to question their continuing relevance. More than two decades of fruitful postcolonial scholarship might lead one to hope that the old-style mythopolitical imaginings underwriting much of what Said worries about in his book have by now produced some modicum of collective educative progress. Yet, as we look today at the world around us — at seemingly intractable conflict between the Palestinian people and Israel as well as between the West and the Arab world, at the media representations that never tire of mining old stores of prejudice — recent events tend to confirm Said’s conclusions.

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