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Waiting for the Barbarians

A Tribute to Edward W. Said

Basak Ertur (Editor), Muge Gursoy Sokmen (Editor), Meltem Ahiska (Contributions by), Tuncay Birkan (Contributions by), Timothy Brennan (Contributions by)


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Bringing together some of the figures most closely associated with Edward Said and his scholarship, Waiting for the Barbarians looks at Said the public intellectual and literary critic, and his political and intellectual legacy: the future through the lens of his work.

Praise For Waiting for the Barbarians: A Tribute to Edward W. Said

“Edward Said’s anger against injustice must become ours, and his pen that challenged the sword must become our weapon in the battle for human values.”—Elias Khoury

“A frequently interesting collection of essays.”—College Literature

Verso, 9781844672462, 204pp.

Publication Date: September 17, 2008

About the Author

Timothy Brennan is professor of comparative literature, cultural studies, and English at the University of Minnesota. His books include At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now and, most recently, Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of the Left and Right. He writes for a number of journals, including New Left Review and The Nation.

Saree Makdisi is a professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Mahmood Mamdani is Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, and a member of the Departments of Anthropology and Political Science and the School of Public and International Affairs at Columbia University. His previous books include Good Muslim, Bad Muslim, Citizen and Subject, and When Victims Become Killers. From Kampala, Uganda, he now divides his time between New York and Kampala.

Ilan Pappe is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. His many books include The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and, most recently, Gaza in Crisis (with Noam Chomsky). He writes for, among others, the Guardian and the London Review of Books.

Jacqueline Rose is Professor of English at Queen Mary University of London. Her books include Sexuality in the Field of Vision; The Question of Zion ; and the novel Albertine.