‘The momentum of the general’

Edward Said’s worldliness
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November 2021, no. 437
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Places of Mind: A life of Edward Said by Timothy Brennan

Bloomsbury, $49.99 hb, 456 pp

‘The momentum of the general’

Edward Said’s worldliness
by
November 2021, no. 437

When the leukaemia with which he had been diagnosed in 1991 claimed his life twelve years later, Edward W. Said left behind more than the usual testaments to a successful academic career: landmark studies, bountiful citations, bereft colleagues, and the cadres of pupils whose intellectual maturation he had overseen. More importantly, he embodied a many-sided ideal of intellectual and civic engagement that combined the vita contemplativa with the vita activa. A professor in Columbia University’s Department of English and Comparative Literature for forty years, Said was a member of the exiled Palestinian National Council and arguably the most visible advocate for the Palestinian cause throughout his later life.

James Jiang reviews 'Places of Mind: A life of Edward Said' by Timothy Brennan

Places of Mind: A life of Edward Said

by Timothy Brennan

Bloomsbury, $49.99 hb, 456 pp

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