Daniel Martin Varisco


On his book Reading Orientalism: Said and the Unsaid

Cover Interview of April 03, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The other half of Edward Said’s Orientalism—and of three decades of polemics.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Following a muse that can amuse at the same time that it disabuses the hubris of self-righteous posturing, I hark back to Oscar Wilde’s bon mot that those books which should not be read at all are ‘all argumentative books and all books that try to prove anything.’  These are precisely the books we do need to read and understand why we do.”

On the second:

“Perhaps the major problem with Said’s argument is the assumption that real Orientals could not represent themselves.”