(and if you want hero-worship, click here/.
Well, here's one opinion I couldn't resist putting up her at the Medad Blog:-
Said was a post-modernist, and the central preoccupation of post-modernism is meaning, which post-modernists see as separate from language, which for them is the hieroglyphics of power. Like Athanasius Kircher they begin with the confidence that they already know the meaning of everything, and organise the facts on the ground with a paranoiac intensity, to reveal the oppressor triumphing over the oppressed yet again.
Those Brits have a way with English.