Hermeneutical Trajectories from the Third World: Aijaz Ahmad on Edward Said

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Title Hermeneutical Trajectories from the Third World: Aijaz Ahmad on Edward Said
Creator Khare, Stuti
Subject Orientalism, Post-Colonial Theory, Hermeneutics, Marxism, Discourse
Description Aijaz Ahmad has made serious critical interventions in Marxist and Postcolonialist readings of literature and culture. His book, In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures (1992) has made significant contribution to the postcolonial critical debates. It is a collection of critical articles with deliberations on postcolonial theory from different perspectives. In this book, one article on Edward Said discusses Said’s contribution to postcolonial discourse in the paradigm of Western influence on Eastern cultural narratives. Ahmad argues that Said’s critical writings on orientalism suffer from inconsistencies, overgeneralizations and selective applications. These methodological aberrations, Ahmad asserts, have shaped the trajectories of Said’s critical oeuvre. He criticizes Said for adopting western theoretical models for the cultural analysis and interpretations which are deeply immersed in the capitalist power structures. Ahmad accuses him of appropriating the western knowledge-structures for theorizing the Orient. His analysis of Said goes beyond the limits of critical debates as he questions Said’s vocation and space. He, in effect, considers Said an inauthentic critical voice. According to Ahmad, Said’s successful career in the West has rendered him incapable of a genuine engagement with the Orient. In this paper, I have attempted a critical re-reading of Ahmad’s arguments to suggest that Ahmad’s criticism of Said is intentionally provocative, seeking attention without engaging with Said’s theoretical perspectives in a comprehensive manner.
Publisher Smart Moves
Date 2021-04-28
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Identifier https://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/10984
Source SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH ; Vol. 9 No. 4 (2021): Volume 9, Issue 4, April 2021; 37-51
Language eng
Relation https://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/10984/9122
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Sharfudden M , Dr Rajani B

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