Edward Said. AutoBioGraphical Exposures and Intersecting Pathways

PD Dr. Norman Saadi Nikro

In the concluding, poetically charged paragraph of his memoir Out of Place, Edward Said speaks about himself as an embodied range of ‘currents’: ‘I occasionally experience myself as a cluster of flowing currents. I prefer this to the idea of a solid self, the identity to which so many attach so much significance.’ Similar to the ‘personal dimension’ section of the introduction to his famous book Orientalism, Said foregrounds his abiding interest in how his life experience has come to inform his research and critical practice. This research project proposes a phenomenological lens by which to discuss Said’s interest in giving an account of himself.