Because It is Not All Said and Done Yet

This blog is written as a response to the piece Said and Done by Faisal Devji. Devji’s piece is a review of a biography of Said by Timothy Brennan. Devji’s piece consists of three different layers of argument: first, a critique of Brennan’s biography, secondly a criticism of Said’s Orientalism especially in terms of its use of the Foucauldian notion of discourse, and finally the argument that anti-imperialism has been appropriated by reactionary sections of society, which constitutes its contemporary failure even if it were relevant earlier.