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Representations of the intellectual : the 1993 Reith lectures

Author: Edward W Said
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1994.
Series: Reith lectures, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"Celebrated humanist, teacher, and scholar, Edward W. Said here examines the ever-changing role of the intellectual today. In these six stunning essays - delivered on the BBC as the prestigious Reith Lectures - Said addresses the ways in which the intellectual can best serve society in the light of a heavily compromised media and of special interest groups who are protected at the cost of larger community concerns.  Read more...
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Said, Edward W.
Representations of the intellectual.
New York : Pantheon Books, ©1994
(OCoLC)654515138
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward W Said
ISBN: 0679435867 9780679435860
OCLC Number: 29843865
Description: xix, 121 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Representations of the Intellectual --
Holding Nations and Traditions at Bay --
Intellectual Exile: Expatriates and Marginals --
Professionals and Amateurs --
Speaking Truth to Power --
Gods that Always Fail.
Series Title: Reith lectures, 1993.
Other Titles: Reith lectures, 1993
Responsibility: Edward W. Said.

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"Celebrated humanist, teacher, and scholar, Edward W. Said here examines the ever-changing role of the intellectual today. In these six stunning essays - delivered on the BBC as the prestigious Reith Lectures - Said addresses the ways in which the intellectual can best serve society in the light of a heavily compromised media and of special interest groups who are protected at the cost of larger community concerns. Said suggests a recasting of the intellectual's vision to resist the lures of power, money, and specialization. in these powerful pieces, Said eloquently illustrates his arguments by drawing on such writers as Antonio Gramsci, Jean-Paul Sartre, Regis Debray, Julien Benda, and Adorno, and by discussing current events and celebrated figures in the world of science and politics: Robert Oppenheimer, Henry Kissinger, Dan Quayle, Vietnam, and the Gulf War." "Said sees the modern intellectual as an editor, journalist, academic, or political adviser - in other words, a highly specialized professional - who has moved from a position of independence to an alliance with powerful institutional organizations. He concludes that it is the exile-immigrant, the expatriate, and the amateur who must uphold the traditional role of the intellectual as the voice of integrity and courage, able to speak out against those in power."--BOOK JACKET.

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