Paperback. Pub Date :2003-01-01 Pages: 396 Language: English Publisher: Penguin Books For generations now. Edward W. Saids Orientalism has defined our understanding of colonialism and empire. and this Penguin Modern Classics edition contains a preface written by Said shortly before his death in 2003. In this highly-acclaimed work. Edward Said surveys the history and nature of Western attitudes towards the East. considering orientalism as a powerful European ideological creation - a way for writers. philosophers and colonial administrators to deal with the otherness of eastern culture. customs and beliefs. He traces this view through the writings of Homer. Nerval and Flaubert. Disraeli and Kipling. whose imaginative depictions have greatly contributed to the Wests romantic and exotic picture of the Orient. Drawing on his own experiences as an Arab Palestinian living in the We...