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Can the Subaltern Speak?
Author: Rosalind Morris

ISBN: 9780231143851
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 30 November 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.6 x 2.1
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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's 1988 essay "Can the Subaltern Speak?" introduced questions of gender and sexual difference into analyses of representation and offering a profound critique of both subaltern history and radical Western philosophy. Spivak's eloquent and uncompromising arguments engaged with more than just power, politics, and the postcolonial. They confronted the methods of deconstruction, the contemporary relevance of Marxism, the international division of labor, and capitalism's "worlding" of the world, calling attention to the historical and ideological factors that efface the possibility of being heard.

Since the publication of Spivak's essay, the work has been revered, reviled, misread, and misappropriated. It has been cited, invoked, imitated, and critiqued. In these phenomenal essays, eight scholars take stock of this response. They begin by contextualizing the piece within the development of subaltern and postcolonial studies and the quest for human rights, and then they think with Spivak's essay about historical problems of subalternity, voicing, and death. A final section situates Spivak's work in the contem...

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