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Nationalism and the Imagination
Author: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

ISBN: 9780857423184
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 88
Published: 17 August 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.0 x 11.2 x 0.8
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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has distinguished herself as one of the foremost scholars of contemporary literary and postcolonial theory and feminist thought. Known for her translation of Derrida'sOn Grammatology and her groundbreaking essay, "Can the Subaltern Speak?," Spivak has often focused on subaltern, marginalized women and the role of essentialism in feminist thought to unite women from divergent cultural backgrounds. InNationalism and the Imagination, Spivak expands upon her previous postcolonial scholarship, employing a cultural lens to examine the rhetorical underpinnings of the idea of the nation-state.

In this gripping and intellectually rigorous work, Spivak specifically analyzes the creation of Indian sovereignty in 1947 and the tone of Indian nationalism, bound up with class and religion, that arose in its wake. Spivak was five years old when independence was declared, and she vividly writes: "These are my earliest memories: Famine and blood on the streets." As well, she recollects the songs and folklore stories that were prevalent at the time in order to...

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