Hall Center For The Humanities


Cover of Said's book Orientalism
Edward Said
Distinguished Chair of Comparative Literature, Columbia University

COLLOQUIUM: "Orientalism: East-West Identities"
Humanities Lecture Series

Fri., Oct. 5, 2001, 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Room 2092, Dole Human Development Center
Edward Said, "Orientalism Reconsidered," in Said, Reflections on Exile and other essays (2000):

"As a department of thought and expertise, Orientalism of course involves several overlapping aspects: first, the changing historical and cultural relationship between Europe and Asia, a relationship with a 4,000-year-old history; second, the scientific discipline in the West according to which, beginning in the early nineteenth century, one specialized in the study of various Oriental cultures and traditions; and third, the ideological suppositions, images, and fantasies about a region of the world called the Orient. The common denominator among these three aspects of Orientalism is the line separating Occident from Orient, and this, I have argued, is less a fact of nature than it is a fact of human production, which I have called imaginative geography. . . [A]s with all aspects of what Vico calls the world of nations, the Orient and the Occident are facts produced by human beings, and as such must be studied as integral components of the social, and not the divine or natural, world."

October 5, 2001

Room 2092, Dole Human Development Center

10:00-11:30 a.m.
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