Culture and Imperialism

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Culture and Imperialism

Culture and Imperialism

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He exhorts them to transcend their national interests and see common interests and values across the rest of the world. As the connection between culture and empire, literature has "the power to narrate, or to block other narratives from forming and emerging", which might contradict the colonization of a people.

Foucault traces the role of discourses in wider social processes of legitimating and power, emphasizing the construction of current truths, how they are maintained and what power relations they carry with them. He later theorized that discourse is a medium through which power relations produce speaking subjects. Said actually develops the technique of ‘contrapuntal reading’ of the literature of the colonizer and the colonized and does an excellent job of applying it in practice.Second, the challenge is to connect them not only with that pleasure and profit but also with the imperial process of which they were manifestly and unconcealedly a part; rather than condemning or ignoring their participation in what was an unquestioned reality in their societies, I suggest that what we learn about this hitherto ignored aspect actually and truly enhances our reading and understanding of them. He challenges us to "think" about why we deem it necessary to read what we read, and how we read it. Said argues for reading the literary canon with an awareness of these intertwined histories, that support the expansion of Western supremacy.

In the past 15 years, we have seen a bit more of scholarship on these topics regarding art and culture of the Middle-east. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.

Ghazoul places Said’s approach within traditions of Zahirite Koranic interpretation, which emphasized event and context. He analyses Verdi's opera Aida as an example of his thesis on the Imperialising nature of western culture because of factors like the fact that Verdi didn't present a thoroughly accurate version of Egyptian society in the opera. And even where democracy has established a foothold in these cases we have recently been seeing a backslide to more authoritarian regimes or simply just corrupt oligarchies. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

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