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Edward SAID. Culture and Imperialism. New York: Vintage, xxxviii +. pages. In Resistance Literature (l), an exam- other studies committed to. 𝗣𝗗𝗙 | Edward Said is the literary critic most cited by American In Culture and Imperialism, Said draws on Matthew Arnold's 'best of the best'. A landmark work from the author of Orientalism that explores the long-overlooked connections between the Western imperial endeavor and the culture that.

He argues for a consideration and re-contextualization of imperialism and its underpinnings in all cultural texts, whether they contain only die "shadowy presence" xvi of empire found in many early and mid-nineteenth century texts or whether they focus on empire as "a central area of concern" xvii as do many writers of the late-nineteenth century and beyond.

Said's is an argument that goes to die center of debates about the curriculum, about political correctness, and about multiculturalism, but it is also an immensely moderate call: to read literary texts while attuned to the historical and political context of imperialism that today's post-colonial society, with its cacophony of previously marginalized voices, makes newly visible.

But there are difficulties in the project: first, Said's unwieldy and contradictory notion and treatment of "culture," and second, his unwillingness to tackle the question of causality between culture and imperialism. Said describes his notion of "culture" as "those practices, like the arts of description, communication, and representation, that have relative autonomy from the economic, social, and political realms and that often exist in aesthetic forms, one of whose principal aims is pleasure" xii.

In other words, Said wants to hold onto the idea of die "relative autonomy" of culture and of the aesthetics of culture from the political fray. At the same time, Said concedes half-heartedly that "culture is a sort of theater where various political and ideological causes engage on another" xiii , that "culture can even be a battleground" xiii.

That Said dreams of a world in which culture is neither a battleground nor a theater, where culture is fully autonomous from the economic, social, and political realms, is clear.

Said's own personal aesthetics often pretend to partake of this world of autonomous culture, not of today's cultural battleground. For example, Said writes "that some literature is actually good, and that some is bad If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE. They could expiate their crimes but their stay in an outside world makes them permanent outsiders.

They are capable of redemption as long as they stayed in Australia. The prohibition placed on Magwitchs return is not penal but imperial.

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Subjects can be taken to Australia but they cannot return to metropolitan space. On the other hand Philips childhood friend Herbert returns as a hardworking business man and he is accepted by Philip.

The relation of Britain with other empires is normal which Australia could never enjoy. This is because of the interest of empire in the colonies other than Australia where no profit is possible. The generation of scholars and critics of the colonized world have seen, in texts of the West, an interest of the colonizer in what was considered a lesser world, populated with people of lesser color.

The resources of the colonized land attract the colonizer.

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After the Cold War, America hatched the idea of New World Order and conceived the notion that: we are number one, we are bound to lead, we stand for freedom and order and so on.

America is self-congratulatory and proclaims responsibility. Conrad writes as a man whose Western view of the non-Western world is so ingrained as to blind him to other histories, other cultures and other aspirations. Conrad is both an imperialist and anti-imperialist.

He fails to understand that India, Africa and South America also have lives and cultures with integrities. He does not see that the natives were not totally controlled by the imperialists and that the anti-imperialist movements were not all corrupt. Nostromo embodies the imperial arrogance and Conrad seems to be saying, we westerners will decide who is a good or a bad native because natives have existence by virtue of our recognition.

We created them, we taught them to think and speak and when a native rebels it confirms our idea that all natives are silly. This is in fact what Americans felt about their Southern neighbors.

Conrad could not understand that the natives had a sense of identity and this made them to cling to the basics of their culture and moved them to offer resistance and rise against the unjust rule of the colonizer.

Life in one subordinate realm is imprinted in fiction by the dominant realm. All these narrative argue that the source of worlds significant action is Europe whose representatives are free to visit the third world.

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These narratives depict the world outside West as having no life, no history, no culture, no integrity and no ideology and they are dependent upon West for their representation.

Conrads novels confirm the habitual Western suspicion about the others. The world now has changed. The metropolitans of Europe and America now have large nonwhite populations who are powered enough to ask for their narratives to be heard. The narratives of the colonized people have posed a threat to the western point of view about the overseas territories and have energy to animate the wish for independence and to speak freely without unfair domination.

They represent their own culture and their own history reducing the western claims as mere propaganda or misrepresentation. Culture and imperialism are closely related.

The imperialists think that their culture is superior to the culture of others and so the others need to be enlightened and to be ruled because they dont have enough knowledge and intellect to rule their own land properly. The novel is a part of relationship between culture and empire. The authors do not intend to project their own culture as superior but they are influenced by the history of their societies and they are shaped by their societies.

It is in the imperialist attitude of their societies which is projected in their discourses.

Culture and its aesthetic forms are derived from historical experience. The novel was major form of literature in England and France. America, emerged as an empire during the nineteenth century, followed these two empires in producing novels after decolonization of England and France.

The idea of ruling the overseas territories has a privileged status in these three cultures.

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These empires project and propagate their cultures through novel and use it as a tool to establish their intellectual superiority over the natives. Their novels differentiate between us and others. There is always the idea of power and national interest behind running the affairs of lesser peoples with a zeal that we are exceptional and not imperial.He challenges everyone to read fiction in the most comprehensive manner possible.

The colonizer not only invades the foreign territory but also tries to intrude in the culture of the natives. Edward W.

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Great Expectations is a novel in which the English attitude towards Australia is presented. Archived from the original on Yet most cultural critics continue to see these phenomena as separate.

Part of my argument After the Cold War, America hatched the idea of New World Order and conceived the notion that: we are number one, we are bound to lead, we stand for freedom and order and so on.

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