Thanks for all the immediate and helpful answers, though I am still
surprised to see the fact that Foucault had indeed ignored Said.
Because I also sense a pragmatic attitude in Orientalism, in Said's
selective usage of Foucauldian vocabulary, and thus an attempt of
gaining some legitimacy through Foucault. I think a book review of
Orientalism by Foucault would be a nice one...
On Nov 8, 2007 12:57 PM, John narayan <thesignofthetimes@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi Mehmet,
> I don't think Foucault ever commented on Said's Orientalism in print (well
> not in any of the English translations of F's work I have at hand). The men
> did meet, however, around 1979 (See interviews with Edward Said. Ed.
> Amritjit Singh and Bruce G. Johnson 2004).
> I've never really been a fan of Said's reading of Foucault. Some of his
> comments in various essays and interviews, especially concerning Foucualt's
> 'sterile' conception of power or his lack of political activism just don't
> hold up in my opinion. In fact I wrote my MA dissertation on how
> un-Foucauldian (if we there is such a thing) I found Orientalism.
> >From: "Mehmet Kentel" <mehmet.kentel@xxxxxxxxx>
> >Reply-To: Mailing-list <foucault-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >To: foucault-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >Subject: [Foucault-L] said's orientalism, foucault's comments?
> >Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2007 01:39:39 +0200
> >Hi all,
> >Working on Edward Said's Orientalism for a while, I am wondering if
> >Foucault had said anything about Said's work. The book, after all, was
> >published in 1978 and it got immediate response both from academic
> >circles and popular media. Being a work deeply based on Foucault's
> >analysis of discourse, I guess Orientalism must have had taken
> >attention of Foucault too in a six-years time. A brief search, though,
> >didn't come up with anything. Do you know any article or interview
> >where Foucault talks about Said?
> >Mehmet Kentel
> >Boðaziçi University
> >Department of Political Science & International Relations
> >Department of History
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