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    Said, Lukács, and Gramsci: Beginnings, geography, and insurrection


    McCarthy, Conor (2013) Said, Lukács, and Gramsci: Beginnings, geography, and insurrection. College Literature, 40 (4). pp. 74-104. ISSN 0093-3139

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    Abstract

    This essay argues that Edward Said’s work was deeply shaped by Georg Lukács’s theory of reification and totality, as set out in History and Class Consciousness, and also molded by a reinflection of Lukács’s thinking through the work of Antonio Gramsci. The interweaving of the influences of Lukács and Gramsci was fundamental in enabling Said’s radicalized geographical criticism. The essay shows that though Said frequently disavowed “totalizing” thought, Lukácsian theory actually underpins the ways Said opens his major books, from Beginnings to Culture and Imperialism. The influence of Gramsci, appearing from the later 1970s onward, permits Said to spatialize the insights he had already incorporated from Lukács in a productive interplay.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Said; Lukács; Gramsci; Beginnings; geography; insurrection;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > English
    Item ID: 12939
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1353/lit.2013.0038
    Depositing User: Conor McCarthy
    Date Deposited: 19 May 2020 13:44
    Journal or Publication Title: College Literature
    Publisher: John Hopkins University Press
    Refereed: Yes
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