In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics

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Psychology Press, 1987 - Art - 309 pages
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Spivak debates general questions of theory with political philosophers such as Habermas and Althusser, psychoanalysts such as Kristeva, and with legal theorists such as Dworkin.
 

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Contents

The Letter as Cutting Edge
3
DanteYeats 75
15
Unmaking and Making in To The Lighthouse
30
Books Nine to Thirteen
46
Feminism and Critical Theory
77
Into the World
93
Literary Studies in the Eighties
95
Marginalia
103
Scattered Speculations on the Question of Value
154
Entering the Third World
177
Draupadi by Mahasweta Devi
179
Deconstructing Historiography
197
BreastGiver by Mahasweta Devi
222
A Womans Text
241
from the Third World 241
258
Notes
269

The Politics of Interpretations
118
French Feminism in an International Frame
134

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About the author (1987)

Born in Calcutta, Spivak attended the University of Calcutta and Cornell University, where she studied with Paul de Man and completed a Ph.D. in comparative literature (1967). She has since taught at a number of academic institutions worldwide, most recently at Columbia University. Her critical interests are wide-ranging: she has written on literature, film, Marxism, feminism, deconstruction, historiography, psychoanalysis, colonial discourse and postcolonialism, translation, and pedagogy East and West. She argues forcefully that these disciplinary and theoretical categories must each be articulated in ways that do not "interrupt" each other, bringing them to "crisis." Spivak's own work is resistant to any easy categorization. Her first book, Myself I Must Remake: Life and Poetry of W. B. Yeats (1974), did not have the impact of her second publication, the 1976 translation and long foreword to deconstructive philosopher Jacques Derrida's (see Vol. 4) De la grammatologie (Of Grammatology), which established her as a theorist of note. Since then Spivak has concentrated on examining deconstruction and postcolonialism, and its implications for feminist and Marxist theory. She engages not so much the specifics of colonial rule as the forms that neocolonialism currently assumes, both in the intellectual exchanges of the First World academy and in the socioeconomic traffic between the industrialized and developing nations. In the last decade, Spivak has been associated with revisionist, post-Marxist historians who have sought to challenge the elitist presuppositions of South Asian history, whether colonial or nationalist. Her contributions include theoretical essays and translations of the Bengali writer Mahasweta Devi. Most recently, Spivak has published essays on translation and more translations of Mahasweta Devi's stories. She has also given a number of important interviews on political and theoretical issues, many of which have been collected in The Post-Colonial Critic (1990).

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