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Created: October 20, 2001
Latest Update: February 3, 2002

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Reactions to Edward Said's Work

Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individual Authors: February 3, 2002.
"Fair use" encouraged.

Reactions in this file are based on Edward Said's article the Clash of Ignorance and Edward Said's interpretation of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.

On Saturday, October 20, Maria Martinez, CSUDH, reminded me to upload her comment:

Question from Suggested Measures of Learning, from the seminar in graduate theory:

What did you envision as you learned of the attack on America? Does Edward Said's discussion of postcolonial theory help you gain a broader definition of what matters in the American response to the attack?

Maria's comments:

Prof. Said helped me to understand better postcolonialism and how to understand other sides of the same story. He lets me understand the action, instead of jumping to conclusions, by analyzing their point of view also. I think that I need to learn how to control my anger and learn how to transform violent emotions into a learning process.

On Saturday, October 20, 2001, jeanne responded:

Maria, Thank you for your patience, and for reminding me that I needed to put your comment up. I like the way you have put Said's postcolonial message of "other" sides to the story in your own words, and I appreciate your linking that conceptually to our need to balance our adversarialism with good faith listening to the "Other."

love and peace, jeanne