Gayatri Spivak

Gayatri Spivak : Ethics, Subalternity and the Critique of Postcolonial Reason

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This new book by Stephen Morton provides an ideal introduction to the work of Gayatri Spivak, a complex and increasingly important contemporary thinker in the contested field of post colonial studies. It provides an in-depth analysis of Spivak's relationship to postcolonialism, feminism, Marxism, and subaltern studies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 16mm | 322.06g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0745632858
  • 9780745632858
  • 728,038

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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivaks seminal contribution to contemporarythought defies disciplinary boundaries. From her early translationsof Derrida to her subsequent engagement with Marxism, feminism andpostcolonial studies and her recent work on human rights, the waron terror and globalization, she has proved to be one of the mostvital of present-day thinkers.

In this book Stephen Morton offers a wide-ranging introductionto and critique of Spivaks work. He examines her engagements withphilosophers and other thinkers from Kant to Paul de Man, feministsfrom Cixous to Helie-Lucas and literary texts by Charlotte Bronte, J. M. Coetzee, Mahasweta Devi and Jean Rhys. Spivaks thought isalso situated in relation to subaltern studies. Throughout thebook, Morton interrogates the materialist basis of Spivaks thoughtand demonstrates the ethical and political commitment which lies atthe heart of her work.

Stephen Morton provides an ideal introduction to the work ofthis complex and increasingly important thinker.
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Table of contents

* Acknowledgements * Abbreviations * Introduction * Chapter One Postcolonial Criticism and Beyond * Chapter Two Deconstruction * Chapter Three Marxism and Post-Marxism * Chapter Four Subaltern Studies and the Critique of Representation * Chapter Five Transnational Feminism * Chapter Six From a Postcolonial Critique of Reason to A Critique of Postcolonial Reason * Conclusion: Transnational Literacy, Subaltern Rights and the Future of Comparative Literature * Notes * References * Index
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"Courage and vision have carried the bold message of Gayatri Spivak's remarkable work from the realms of pedagogy to the reaches of political practice. Morton's study will enhance our grasp of her exemplary oeuvre." Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg, Harvard University "Gayatri Spivak's refusal to settle for the quick fix, the empty piety, the mere abstract calculus, or the language of expediency has never appeared more salutary than it does today. As violence counters violence in the name of moral righteousness, this lucid book, like Spivak's own critique of postcolonial studies, is a timely reminder of the complicity between imagined liberal benevolence and the ruthless pursuit of global hegemony at any cost. If one slogan emerges from Stephen Morton's analysis it is the ever more pressing need to 'learn to learn from the subaltern'. This is a task requiring patience and the learning of subaltern languages as 'active cultural media', not as mere instruments. Never has comparative literary and cultural studies beckoned so urgently." Donna Landry, University of Kent at Canterbury
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About Stephen Morton

Stephen Morton is a lecturer in English Literature at the Univesity of Southampton
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