A Shift in Intellectual Trajectory: The Marxist Connection
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This chapter investigates the profound shift in Said’s trajectory of thought and attempts to map out the formulation and evolution of Said’s own subjectivity. Beginning with Said’s initial appraisal and application of Foucault, I attempt to outline the implications of Said’s later disengagement with him. Discovering Foucauldian elements and antihumanist resonances in Said has always been a fashionable but obsessive and excessively emphasized trend in many critical quarters. This, in effect, has given a post-structuralist label to Said despite his persistent stance against post-structuralist theses like the “death of the subject.” Therefore, the major task of this chapter is to address Said as a secular intellectual of the Left, in spite of his many disagreements with various doctrines of Marxism. This in one way is an attempt to save Said from the prison-house of Foucauldian protocols. Toward this objective, his affinities and even dissonances with the prominent Marxist thinkers such as Gramsci, Williams, Adorno, and—to a certain degree—Lukács are examined here.
KeywordsCritical Consciousness Political Society Frankfurt School Critical Practice Brute Reality
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