FIGURING THE EAST: Segalen, Malraux, Duras and Barthes, by Marie-Paule Ha. Albany: State University of New York, 2000, 160 pp., $17.95 (paper)

In its consideration of the East, the West has been accused of Orientalism, a theory developed by Edward Said to explain the way the West “constructs” the Orient by describing it and then ruling over it. Being Palestinian, Said certainly knows all about the negative side of this process, and consequently he and his followers have stressed the “ruling over” aspect of Orientalism.

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