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Edward Said and New York

  • Ahmed Elbeshlawy
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New York is not only the city which effectively shaped Edward Said’s political and critical writings, it is the city through which he theorized America at large.


Theorizing the city seems to have been an inevitable practice to someone with a life experience like that of Edward Said. Seeing himself as permanently exiled or “out of place” (Said, Out of Place3), the city to him becomes subject for endless contemplation and redefinitions. Born in the Jerusalem of the...

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  • Ahmed Elbeshlawy
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarHong Kong SARChina