Exiles in the City
Hannah Arendt and Edward W. Said in Counterpoint
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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Ac k nowl e dgments
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Exiles in the City had its origins in a distant and now rather murky past, but one moment of that inaugural time stands out clearly in my mind. It was in May of 1982, when David Farrell Krell, one of Martin Heidegger’s ablest crit-ics and translators, invited me to give a series of lectures on the American reception of the controversial philosopher at the universities of Mannheim, ...
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This book is, as far as I know, the first that explores the relationship between Hannah Arendt’s and Edward W. Said’s thought, not simply their mutual emphasis on the importance of the exilic consciousness but also on the poli-tics that such a consciousness enables, especially as it pertains to the particu-lar—and urgent—question of Palestine. It consists of five chapters organized, ...
The Devastation of Language under theDictatorship of the Public Realm
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If public life has reached a state in which thought is being turned inescapably into a commodity and language into celebration of the commodity, the attempt to trace the sources of this degradation must refuse obedience to the current linguistic and intellec-tual demands before it is rendered entirely futile by the consequence of those demands —Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, Dialectic of the Enlightenment (1944)...
The Exilic Consciousness and theImperatives of Betweenness
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In the wake of his untimely death in 2003, the great scholar and public intel-lectual Edward W. Said has come increasingly to be identified primarily as a partisan in the Palestinians’ struggle against the Israeli occupation at the expense of the manifestly inaugural global and cosmopolitan perspective that has from the beginning of his career been at the heart of his extraordinarily ...
The Calling and the QuestionConcerning the Secular
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From my childhood, obedience was something I could not get out of my system. When I entered the armed services at the age of twenty-seven, I found being obedient not a bit more difficult than it had been during my life to that point. It was unthinkable that I would not follow orders. Now that I look back, I realize that a life predicated on being obedient and taking orders is a very comfortable life indeed. Living in such a way ...
The Exodus Story and the Zionist March
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There is no Israel without the conquest of Canaan and the expulsion or inferior status — Edward Said, in “Exchange: Michael Walzer and Edward Said,” Grand Street, — Timothy Dwight, The Conquest of Canaan, dedicated to George Washington, Commander in chief of the American Armies, the Saviour of his Country, the Supporter of Freedom, and the Benefactor of Mankind. Quoted in Gabriel ...
Hannah Arendt and Edward W. Said
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The exile knows that in a secular and contingent world, homes are always provisional. Borders and barriers, which enclose us within the safety of familiar territory, can also become prisons, and are often defended beyond reason or necessity. Exiles cross bor-A life without speech and without actions . . . is literally dead to the world; it has ceased It is only because she was both a Jew and a European who through the darkest of times ...
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B i b l iogr a p h y
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Abrams, Meyer H. Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Litera-Abu El-Haj, Nadia. Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fash-ioning in Israeli Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.Adorno, Theodor. Minima Moralia: Reflections from a Damaged Life. Tran. E. F. Jephcott. ———, and Max Horkheimer. Dialectic of the Enlightenment. Trans. Edmund Jephcott. ...
I n d e x
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Page Count: 312
Publication Year: 2012