Edward Said and exile: a gaze at counterpoint

  • Anouar Antara Universidad de Las Palmas


This article sets out to analyse the concept of exile as portrayed in the
work of Edward Said. Our author’s central idea of this term is that even
if the term exile is inconsistent in the metaphorical sense he defends, it
is enriching intellectually, given that from this perspective, it provides a
different vision through which an “exiled” intellectual can analyse the
historical experience. In other words, Said, believes that even authors
who are not exiles in real terms and fully belong to their respective
societies can adopt such a vision. In doing so, a distance is created,
enabling critics to embrace a global vision that transcends ideological
boundaries and facilitates the study of others and their culture within
a humanistic context. The methodology followed in this work sheds
a critical light on the interesting, albeit contradictory, concept of exile
proposed by Said as a tool for cultural studies. In short, to a point, this
essay aims to demonstrate how Edward Said’s approach to the term of
exile is relevant. Indeed, his own work is largely influenced by authors
who have been exiles quintessentially speaking, and who somehow
shaped the critique he put forward during his life.


Com citar
Antara, A. (2017) “Edward Said and exile: a gaze at counterpoint”, Debats. Revista de cultura, poder i societat, 10. Available at: http://revistadebats.net/article/view/1695 (Accessed: 18April2021).