'Said's works flow like music'

'Said's works flow like music'

The beauty of the works of renowned scholar, writer and critic Edward Said is that it has musical flow in his texts. The musical background of Said is quite evident in his literary work. It is for the same reason that the observation of the rapture of audience when he addresses them becomes significant, said scholar Prof William Robert Da Silva.

He was delivering a lecture on Edward Said as precursor to the Global Edward W Said Memorial Seminar and Video Conference which will be organised by the Mangalore Graduate School late this year. Recalling the significance of Edward Said’s works that include ‘Orientalism,’ ‘The Question of Palestine,’ ‘Blaming the Victims’ and others, Prof D’Silva said that identity crisis lead him to author his first book ‘Orientalism.’

“Having born and brought up in Arab nation and later shifting to Europe, having an exposure to the liberalism, the great litterateur Said naturally underwent an identity crisis for 10 years, which then forced him to write a book,” opined Prof Da Silva.

Giving an introduction of Said, he said, Said was influenced by Adorno and Saitra, Marx and Gramsci. Some of these mainstream influences of the sociologists is evident in his work which has all come into the framework of his books.

In his books, Edward Said treats Israel as client, while Palestine as the marginalised, exile and poor. He always raised his voice for the marginalised and poor, said Da Silva. The study on Said in the backdrop of post colonialism and intellectualism would be of great importance, he said. The series of lecture on Said will be held for next three Sunday’s at Sahodaya mini hall.

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