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Vol. 45, No. 2 (June 2015)

, 279-299


Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica


’s Discourse

Said, Foucault and the Anxiety of




Jin Suh Jirn

Center for Foreign Language Education, Yuhan University

590 Gyeongin-ro Sosa-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do 422-749, Republic of Korea



This article will reconsider Edward W. Said’s notion

of “traveling theory” in light of his most influential work


and its appropriation of Michel Foucault’s

theory of “discourse,” which has prompted criticism from

a number of scholars, including James Clifford and Robert

J. C. Young. Rather than looking at the question of

whether Said misappropriates the work of Foucault, I will,

via Harold Bloom’s concept of “misprision,” argue that he

“misreads” the French philosopher in order to add a


valence that is missing or attenuated in the

original work. Also, I will show why Said is less concerned

with constructing a theory of Orientalism than with

speaking truth to power about the distorted image of the

Received April 28, 2014; accepted March 4, 2015; last revised January 5, 2015

Proofreaders: Chih-wei Wu, Hsih-Keng Yen, Fang-Yi Chen


Many thanks to Richard Terdiman for reading and commenting on an earlier draft

of this work.